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Is ancestry.com an invasion of privacy?

There has been some controversy recently, claiming that ancestry.com doesn’t protect users’ privacy when they submit DNA samples. The complaints claim that the website keeps the DNA on file and will use it for various purposes — such as in answer to a subpoena or if there’s a warrant to search when authorities are investigating […]

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Can Siblings Have Different Ancestries?

Trace Evidence releases August 22, 2017. The date is coming up quickly! You’ll remember from Blood Trails (the first in the Heir Hunter thriller series) that Michael Flint is a genealogist… sort of. As an heir hunter, he’s much more than a genealogist, often taking his life and the lives of others into his own […]

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When Identical Twins Complicate Crimes

Do you consider yourself a professional armchair detective? Are you a true crime connoisseur? An heir hunter in training? If so, riddle me this: TRUE OR FALSE? “Identical twins have identical DNA.” Think you know the answer?   Scroll down….   Down some more…   The answer is… True! Identical twins do have the same […]

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Female Intelligence

A Surprising Quality We Inherit From Our Mothers

Generally we assume we get 50% of our genes from our father and 50% from our mother, right? Turns out that’s not the case with a lot of our genes. And what about genes for intelligence? Experts say we’re more likely to get intelligence from our mother’s genes than from our father’s. So, I do a […]

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Bill Gates Quote DNA

3 Ways DNA Is More Powerful Than Computers

As a crime writer, of course, DNA comes up all the time in my research and in my writing. It’s invaluable for solving cases, though it’s not infallible. In Jack and Joe of my Hunt for Jack Reacher Series especially, DNA is a subject that comes up over and over, since the book is about […]

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Can Personality Help Track Down Ancestors?

My new release, Blood Trails, deals with the subject of DNA. The series stars Michael Flint, Heir Hunter. You’ve heard of ancestry.com, right? The website traces relatives, finding connections to people you didn’t know existed or — in the mind of this mystery writer — people who have gone missing. My new Heir Hunter series works […]

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Bad News For Criminals Who Left DNA Behind

The science news I’m about to tell you about is really, really bad news for criminals who haven’t been caught yet. Imagine there was a break-in at your home, and all the burglar left behind was a drop of blood. Scientists are now fine-tuning technology that would allow them to create a computer-constructed image of the […]

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Cold Case Victim

How a Vacuum Solved a Utah Cold Case

I’ve done a lot of research on the topic of DNA as a mystery and thriller writer, and because of my background as an attorney. Just when you think you know everything a writer needs to know about DNA, you find another fascinating morsel. Let me preface by saying that DNA can be unreliable. In my […]

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Forensic Genealogy

My Worlds Are Colliding!

As a crime fiction author and lawyer, DNA is involved in a lot of what I’m thinking and writing about all the time. DNA especially took the spotlight in my Thriller Award Finalist novel Jack and Joe, which explores the connections between Jack Reacher and Joe Reacher. Since then, I’ve been blogging occasionally about true […]

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Diane Capri and Lee Child

Who’s Your Blue-Eyed Mommy?

Lee Child and Jack Reacher and I have blue eyes. Do you? If you have blue eyes, we might be cousins. Who knew, right? A recent study, reported by LiveScience.com, claims that people with blue eyes have a single, common ancestor. “[W]e can conclude that all blue-eyed individuals are linked to the same ancestor,” Eiberg said. […]

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