Partial-match DNA Technique Yields Little Success for Police

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 7:00pm

By Joseph Goldstein and J. David Goodman

ShutterstockThe robber fled through a backyard in Queens, dropping a jacket and gloves and with them, genetic material.

Detectives failed to find a suspect in tests comparing the material against a DNA database of convicted criminals. But the search yielded a near match to a convict with an unusually similar DNA profile. The convict may not have been the robber, but perhaps one of his relatives was.

The process of turning crime-scene DNA into a family tree of possible leads has been quietly undertaken in more than two dozen cases in New York City since 2009, when a divided state committee voted to allow the release of so-called partial match DNA data to investigators.

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Source: The New York Times


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