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(Shutterstock)The new high-tech weapon being used by gardaí to solve crime has also linked a man suspected of carrying out a theft at a building site with an alleged rape in a different location at a later date.

Massive advances in how evidence can be collected at crime scenes, combined with the state-of-the-art DNA database, mean clusters of crimes are being identified, which link people to several crime scenes in a way that has never been possible before.

Highly qualified technicians at Forensic Science Ireland, which was previously known as the Forensic Science Laboratory, can now extract DNA from blood, semen, saliva, sweat and even areas where skin has touched a surface. They only need a microscopic amount of material to identify a suspect's DNA profile.

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Source: The Irish Independent

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