Anchorage Daily News: In Canada, researchers use database to tell where people have lived by analyzing their hair

This is from January, but so unusual I’m allowing it: In Canada, researchers use database to tell where people have lived by analyzing their hair. “With a likable partner who had a talent for persuading strangers to part with a snip of hair, Michelle Chartrand traveled around Canada in rental cars for four years, putting on enough miles to circle the world. From the Atlantic coast to Fort St. John on the Alaska Highway, the former University of Ottawa researcher and her assistant Jonathan Mayo gathered more than 500 samples. With them, they created a hair map of Canada to help detectives find out more about unknown murder victims and other mystery bodies that turn up on the landscape.”