NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A research team has identified proteins in hair that can be used instead of DNA to identify individual humans.

Because DNA is subject to environmental and chemical degradation that limits its usefulness over time, archeologists, forensic scientists, and others have looked for other ways to identify individual human beings. Proteins are more stable and also demonstrate variations in single amino acid polymorphisms which translate to non-synonymous single nucleotide polymorphisms (nsSNPs) present in the genome.

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