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Controversial DNA Method: Could it Catch Criminals?

GENETIC PRIVACY

January 21, 2011

DNA evidence has linked a single unknown man to three sex assaults in Vancouver, and police say he could be responsible for five more unresolved cases, CTV reports. Some say that a controversial DNA analysis, which helped to capture a murderer in the U.S., could potentially help BC police capture the suspect, but privacy advocates have lobbied against the method, which is legal in only two U.S. states. It involves finding "near matches" to the suspect's DNA sample in order to locate family members that may lead police to the suspect. Canada's Office of the Privacy Commissioner says the method has moral implications and at this point it would "not support it."
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