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  • Can DNA be taken from hair?

    Before my mother passed away I cut a lock of her hair as a keepsake. Can DNA be taken from that sample?

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    Not from clipped hair, only from the root. No matter, it is very expensive to extract and I do not believe any of the genealogical companies will even attempt it.

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    • #3
      Thanks, then I will just keep it as a memory of her.

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      • #4
        There is this long blog post that explains in more detail the difficulties involved in trying to get DNA after a person has passed.

        Basically the odds are not in your favor even if you had a viable sample.

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        • #5
          I always had a gut feeling that Hollywood is to blame for over-exaggerating how easy it is to extract DNA, but I didn't think it would be THAT hard.

          Good to see that people here have the knowledge and experience to be upfront about this.

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