John Travis contacted me to let me know about a recent article of his at ScienceInsider about the UK's plans to use DNA and isotope analysis to determine the nationality of people entering the country seeking asylum (Q&A). Such a program is truly unbelievable in its scope and irony. I can imagine the conversation at the border: "You want asylum from an overreaching government? Well let me bank your DNA. I promise I will only use it to verify your nationality. Trust me." For further, more insightful commentary, see Daniel MacArthur's post Outrage over DNA testing for UK asylum seekers (wisely, John Travis also seems to have contacted Daniel, a truly influential blogger).