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US unveils new DNA database

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 07 November 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1274
  1. Fred Charatan
  1. Florida

    The US Federal Bureau of Investigation has developed a national DNA index system to enable public forensic laboratories throughout the United States to exchange and compare DNA profiles electronically to link unsolved crimes to each other and to known offenders.

    The bureau's director, Louis Freeh, said: “The National DNA index system will be of great value to city, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies as they work together to apprehend violent criminals. There should also be a significant crime …

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