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  'South Park' Producers Hit LDS Roadblock
The new series by the producers of Comedy Central's "South Park" won't get the name that the producers wanted, thanks to the LDS Church. Trey Parker and Matt Stone, who once lampooned a Mormon missionary in one of their films, are producing a new TV series about the first family. But they weren't able to simply turn the name around. The name Family First is an LDS Church trademark.

  BYU DNA/Genealogy Research Gets Samples From Florida Genealogical Group
At least 250 members of the Bradenton-based Manasota Genealogical Society will participate this month in a world wide DNA research project sponsored by Brigham Young University. Members hope to become part of a huge study that will match genes from each donor to the continents, nations, and villages where their ancestors lived. BYU researchers have taken blood samples from 14,000 donors in the United States since last March, and plan to take blood samples from 100,000 people in the next three to five years.

Pioneer Genealogy Helps ID Cancer Gene
A successful gene research effort at the University of Utah has been aided by access to the genealogical records of Mormon pioneers. The research and its findings are reported in the February issue of "Nature Genetics".

  Church Sends Aid to India Earthquake Victims
In response to the devastating earthquake that hit western India last week, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is shipping relief supplies to the areas most impacted by the disaster. More than 600,000 pounds of food, blankets, clothing and medical supplies either are already purchased in India or will be shipped from Salt Lake City to the devastated areas.

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