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RICHMOND — Virginia law enforcement officials have a new tool available to help solve serious crimes: family DNA checks.
Such searches involve comparing crime scene DNA against a genetic database for partial matches that can be used to narrow the search for a suspect to a specific family if a member of the gene pool is already in the testing database.
Cross-referencing DNA that way gives forensic scientists another means to check evidence from certain violent offenses against the more than 331,000 profiles in the database.
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