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Mute Witness: Forensic Sketches From Nothing But DNA 68 68

First time accepted submitter Todd Palin (1402501) writes "Researchers at Penn State university are trying to reconstruct images of faces based only on a DNA sample of the individual. As far out as this sounds, they did a pretty good job at matching the actual appearance of the faces. This is a pretty good start on a whole new use for DNA samples. Imagine a mug shot of a rapist based only on a DNA sample."
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Mute Witness: Forensic Sketches From Nothing But DNA

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  • by AmiMoJo (196126) * <mojo&world3,net> on Saturday March 22, 2014 @07:00AM (#46550211) Homepage

    The problem is that this kind of thing makes the police go on fishing trips. Round up everyone who looks a bit like the sketch and ask them for a DNA sample. If they refuse they become a suspect.

    The police in the UK have done it that way many times. Ask everyone in the area of a crime to submit DNA samples, often hundreds of thousands. People who refuse to "rule themselves out" by providing a sample are brought in for questioning and investigated, because privacy is no defence in their eyes.

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