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HBS Project 1.3.3.
Transcript of HBS Project 1.3.3.
In order to determine the paternity of newborn babies, we will use a series of biometric tests match up babies with their parents.
First, we would use facial recognition tests to come up with possible combinations of two people's faces and see if any baby fits the general criteria.
Second, we would use our state-of-the-art finger prick to extract a sample of blood from the people involved in our case. These individuals will ingest a pill that numbs the nerves of their fingers so no pain would be felt.
Lastly, we will use samples of saliva from the possible parents and the baby to analyze the chromosomes and confirm that they match up.
To perform this test, a scanner will take snapshots of an individual's face and develop a 3D replica of their head to analyze the nodal points of the face. Furthermore, the computer will take notes of certain characteristics of the possible parents' faces to come up with various combinations of possible offspring. Those combinations will then be matched up to any newborn babies in the St.Johnson's hospital database.
The Science Behind Facial Recognition
Blood Analysis Test
Developers: Thien Hoang, Louis Mai, mominah Madhobe, micaela thomas
Our mission is to be able to provide our patients with accurate results regarding paternity in easy and pain-free methods. We are here to help match newborn babies to their parents.
St. Johnson's Medical Center wants to use DNA testing to accurately link the biological mothers and fathers to their newborn babies.
How the system works
Since newborn babies inherit facial structures from their parents, the various combinations of possible faces determined by our scan test will narrow down the suspects of the babies' biological progenitors.
The steps for the blood test will be minimal and painless. First, the patient will be given a pain-numbing pill to reduce the sensitivity and responsiveness of the nerves within the fingers, where the finger prick will be taking a sample of the patient's blood. Using the best available finger pricker up to date in today's world, we will extract the least amount of blood possible to sample with. Using these blood samples, we will compare them and see which potential parents have the same blood type that matches with the baby.
The science behind blood Analysis
The blood types of children are combinations of the parents' blood types. Through the blood type analysis, we can match up the newborn babies to their parents. This will further contribute to finding the paternity of newborn babies.
Saliva DNA Test
For the DNA test a saliva sample from the baby and the two presumed parents must be taken and put in tubes. The chromosome pairs found in the saliva will be analyzed in order to match up the newborn baby to his/her parents.
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How Accurate Is This?
The Science Behind the Saliva DNA Test
This system is very accurate because everyone has a unique set of chromosomes. Even if the "wrong" baby manage to have similar facial structures and blood type as the criteria we're looking for, it cannot bypass the DNA test. Some limitations of this system is the amount of time it takes to complete it. Babies can look very similar so the DNA tests may have to be run on many babies, resulting in longer test times. Results will be accurate, but it may take longer than expected.
For example: To match up the DNA to fathers to sons, the y chromosome is the one that is checked to see if there is a match. There are also genetics marker that help distinguished one maternal line from another.
The paternity conclusion of this system will either be public or private information, depending on the patient's wishes. Otherwise, the data collected from the system will only be available to the hospital employees working on your case. Your information will not be released without your consent and permission.
Our DNA consists of 46 chromosomes, 23 from our father and 23 from our mother. By studying the chromosome pairs found in the child and the parents, we can confirm that the baby is indeed the offspring of the parents. The child's chromosomes must be inherited from either the father or mother. If the child has a different chromosome than both parents, that child is not the offspring. If the child's chromosomes match up with the parents, then we can 100% confirm that the child is the legitimate offspring of the parents.
My name is Anna Garcia. My husband, Rick and I recently welcomed the birth of our baby girl. Her health was not in the best condition so she had to go to a different room to receive special care. Unfortunately, since there were many babies born in the large hospital, the doctors mislabeled the babies' paternity data. We did not which baby was ours! Thankfully, Biotech came in and did tests to us and the babies in the hospital. They were able to narrow down the choices to one baby girl, our child! After hours of anxiety and fear, we were able to be reunited with our baby. As well as identifying our child, Biotech was able to find the paternity of the other mislabeled babies in the hospital as well. We and the other parents are so thankful for Biotech's help! Thank you!
Can this be beat?
Even if someone manages to create some sort of clone or baby that matches the possible appearances and blood types generated by the system, it's impossible to replicate all of the chromosome pairs of the real newborn baby. DNA patterns are too complex to accurately clone. The only way that the right newborn baby won't be matched up to the parents is if someone kidnaps the baby, which very unlikely due to the high security of hospitals.
The science behind the saliva dna test (cont.)
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