Violent crimes are among the most horrific events on Earth, but sometimes it gets even worse. The crime itself happens and then another person becomes victim to it. A person’s life can be destroyed or even taken from him or her if authorities accuse and charge the wrong person with the crime. To further compound the tragedy, the families of both the original victim and the person jailed under false accusations may not know that the real criminal is still at large. DNA testing can ultimately prove who is responsible for a given crime investigation.
Randolph Arledge was a victim of a false accusation, charge and conviction. In 1981, Carolyn Armstrong was found dead in Texas from dozens of stab wounds. Randolph was not even 30 years old at the time. Three years later, Randolph was sentenced to 99 years in prison for killing Armstrong. The problem is that he did not do it and there was evidence to prove that fact. He went on to spend 28 years of his 99-year sentence in jail for a crime he did not commit. In February 2013, Arledge was set free. Close to half of his life has been stolen from him, but he got the rest back thanks to modern DNA testing.
When Carolyn Armstrong was found, police also found her car down the road. Her vehicle contained DNA evidence but was useless at the time. Arledge is very lucky that police decided to keep the evidence, since they can usually be discarded in most cases. DNA testing was done more than a decade later and determined that another man was the killer. After a hearing, is when a local judge let Arledge go on bond until the conviction is officially overturned.
When Arledge went to jail, his two children were both under five years old. Currently, they are both adults who grew up without a father. The family is now reunited and Armstrong’s family has the satisfaction of knowing that police definitely have the right man this time. Sadly, that does not get back any of the time Randolph Arledge and his children lost.
It is uncertain just how many people have been incarcerated under wrongful convictions. DNA testing is too late to save hundreds or even thousands of them, but it is not too late to make sure that it happens much less often and never in cases where there is DNA evidence. With reliable companies making it easy for even civilians to get accurate DNA testing, there is no reason police and courts cannot offer the same.
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Ancestral Origins DNA Testing is a way to discover more about your genetic heritage. Every person is born with their own unique DNA. This genetic information remains constant throughout an individual’s lifetime. Each human being’s DNA tells their individual story. It also charts the beginnings of humankind in Africa and the eventual migration of humanity to every part of the globe.
Criteria Used to Determine Your DNA Ancestry
The process of determining your genetic heritage is threefold. Ancestral Origins testing separates the genetic information into three basic areas; populations, indigenous regions and strength estimates.
Using a color coded rating system; your DNA is compared to all the populations in their system. The color green on the map shows the strongest connection to a specific group and location. The color yellow relates to a significant link to particular areas and populaces and red suggest little or no connection. There are also correlations made to dispersed populations. Dispersed relates to groups of people, who were indigenous to one region, but traveled to another country or continent. This pertains to more recent movements of populations around the world.
This testing reveals an ancient ancestry dating back over 80 thousand years. During the history of humankind there have been notable ancient migrations. One of the first migrations occurred, when people traveled out of Africa and up into Europe, then Asia and eventually to Australia. The last two migrations were to North and South America and the final journey was to the Pacific Islands.
This primary evaluation is an estimate of all the populations that are your strongest genetic links. The next assessment shows the most significant connections to indigenous regions. These calculations give a clear overview of all the data, so it is easier to determine your closest genetic matches.
Discovering Your Ancestral Origins
Ancestral DNA testing helps you to appreciate your genetic connection to particular groups and geographic origins. The DNA Ancestry tests can verify genetic relatedness to 14 identified anthropological areas and populaces. GTLDNA.com contains beautifully designed maps and graphs which makes the history and science of ancestral origins easier to appreciate. These individualized prints will make lovely additions your home.
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Establishing accurate genealogy can be critical for a number of individuals. One of the top reasons is actually because of the advances in genetic science that permits genealogical testing to be done in the first place. Not only can DNA be used to establish lineage, it is also routinely used to show potential health issues that can rise later in life. Establishing an accurate lineage helps when it comes time to putting together a family medical history.
Pressure from family and culture has produced many children who grow into adulthood under the false impression of whom their parents are . This can lead to problems later on if a health issue arises with the individual or even their progeny. The first papers filled out in any medical facility include in-depth questions about family medical history. This can only be accomplished with accuracy if one’s own genealogy is known to be true.
Our current technological age has many families losing records and keepsakes that family members just a generation or two earlier kept close track of. Most data today is electronic and can be lost in just one second. Earlier generations kept written records along with sharing information orally about ancestors. Family Bibles used to be sold that had whole sections for family to record highly detailed family history in them. This has fallen out of fashion.
Establishing genealogy through simple and inexpensive DNA testing empowers people by letting them know for sure where they have come from. A simple paternity test establishes who one’s father is. That knowledge can be used to accomplish everything from introducing a whole new set of biological relatives to answering questions concerning certain traits, characteristics and health issues. The same genetic science that established parentage can then be used to show much more. Some do not wish to know this information, and that is perfectly fine. However, whenever the questions beg to be answered, there is a way of finding out for sure. Inexpensive paternity testing is 99.999 percent accurate for showing whom one’s father is and 100 percent accurate for excluding those who are not. There is also testing to prove or disprove whom one’s mother is. The information is so accurate that it is considered to be binding evidence in a court of law.
No blood testing is needed for paternity tests. Only easy to obtain swabs of the inside of the mouth are needed. This makes it easy for anyone to do since the DNA sampling does not involve any invasive procedure such as a needle to get a blood sample. The cells that line the mouth contain DNA that is tested to prove or disprove lineage. The testing is discreet and fast. The questions that have been wondered about for a long time can now finally be answered.
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Oprah is known as one of the most famous and wealthy women in the world, yet even the most famous people have their secrets. On her show last Friday (Jan. 21), Oprah announced that on Monday’s show (Jan. 24th) she would be revealing a family secret. When Monday came, Oprah was reunited for the first time with her half sister Patricia.
When Oprah was 9 years old, her mother Vernita Lee, became pregnant with a baby girl. She could not afford another child at the time so she decided to give the baby up for adoption without saying a word to anyone.
Patricia Lloyd searched for her birth mother numerous times. The first time she gave up very quickly. She began her search again through the adoption agency. That same day Patricia caught a TV news story about a woman named Vernita Lee, who was talking about information that matched the details in her adoption records. Lee still refused to meet her, denying the claims that Patricia was her daughter.
This recent stir of information sent Patricia to a Wisconsin restaurant owned by Winfrey’s niece, showed her the adoption documents and revealed her suspicion that they were related. Patricia and the niece underwent DNA testing, which proved a positive match.
It sounds like a wonderful reuniting of family but a few questions remain unanswered. There were no DNA tests that were revealed between Oprah and Patricia. DNA testing did prove that Oprah’s niece and Patricia were related but that does not necessarily mean that Oprah and Patricia are half sisters. Where is the proof? It sounds like Oprah needs to get her GTL on and get a DNA siblings test to find out if after all these years; Patricia really is her half sister.
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