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Since then, the questioning of the authenticity by Pierre d’Arcis had been understood by the faithful to be no more than part of schismatic politics of the 14 century in Avignon, thus demonstrating beyond doubt that the claims of the medieval prelates in the late 14th century had no other intent than to control the emotional capital invested in the cloth.
As we well know, this battle for the minds and not the hearts of the faithful have never stopped.
What it seems, they believe is, that a renewed study of the DNA of the blood stains might reveal the contamination of persons maternally related to each other – in casu the admixture of mother and son!
This might prove useful in finally deciding whether the blood used or imprinted on the cloth is in fact human and not animal (a question on which the jury is apparently still out). In History Today 2014, Vol 64, No 11  Autour du Saint Suaire et de la collégiale de Lirey (Aube) By Alain Hourseau.
Later, the Turin Archdiocese carried out a very controversial and aggressive restoration of the shroud, which according to Meacham seriously hampered further archaeological studies.
 Already in the 80s evidence was provided that the stains (and the image) on the cloth was created by blood and not painted by red okra.
Due to mutations, we only share our full mitochondrial DNA with our mother, grandmother or great-grandmother.
The scientists write that “depending on the extent of similarity present within specific mitochondrial DNA segments, ancestry may be traced back to previous generations that existed hundreds of years ago”.