Wired: Cops Are Getting a New Tool For Family-Tree Sleuthing

Wired: Cops Are Getting a New Tool For Family-Tree Sleuthing. “It used to be that DNA could solve a case only if it matched the genetic profile of someone in a criminal database or an existing suspect. But the recent rise of genetic genealogy—a technique that makes it possible to identify people through relatives who have added their genetic information to genealogy databases—changed the odds. A skilled genetic genealogist can now turn an unknown DNA profile that strikes out in traditional forensic searches into a suspect’s name nearly half of the time.”

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