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The UK's Border Agency is beginning a six-month pilot project to use DNA testing to determine the nationalities of people seeking asylum, reports the Observer. In conjunction with language analysis, interviews, and other techniques, the agency hopes to limit bogus claims in which people from one country are saying they are from another — particularly focusing on people claiming to be from Somalia — to increase their chances of receiving asylum.

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