James LeVoy Sorenson is very rich, kind of eccentric, and supremely confident that his DNA database will help bring about world peace.
Sorenson's fortune has long been a byproduct of his passions, and DNA is his biggest passion to date. The project is ramping up, and the collection will grow from 100,000 samples to 250,000 in the next year. It's an expensive endeavor, but worthwhile, Sorenson says, because when factions learn that they share a common ancestry — that Jewish Israelis are related to Palestinians, Sunnis to Shiites — there will be peace on Earth. "We're all sons and daughters of God," Sorenson says, and he expects DNA to prove that with the forensic certainty of a CSI episode. [Link]