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Digging up Dad: Dali and Celebrity Paternity Testing from the Grave

On Monday, June 26, a court in Madrid ordered the remains of Salvador Dali to be exhumed. No…it’s not to gather evidence for a crime: it’s because an astrologer and tarot-card reader named Pilar Abel filed a paternity lawsuit, claiming her mother had an affair with the famed surrealist artist in 1955. Celebrity paternity testing…

DNA Sequence of Genghis Khan’s Descendant

Scientists in China have completed the genome sequence for Genghis Khan’s direct descendant—the first complete genome sequence from a representative of the Mongolian population. The unnamed man is Khan’s 34th- generation descendant, who was chosen for his fully defined family pedigree dating back to the 13th century, and the absence of intermarriage with other ethnic…

Justin Bieber Paternity Test: News Roundup

Last week, reports came out that a paternity suit was being filed against teen pop star Justin Bieber. This week, Bieber’s legal camp reportedly agreed to a DNA test, with intentions of suing Mariah Yeater, who filed the suit, for what they called “malicious, defamatory, and demonstrably false claims.” If you are interested in following…