Thursday, May 8, 2014

5-9-14 familial dna

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Department of Justice is preparing to start controversial familial DNA tests in hopes of generating more leads for local police.  The agency is double-checking the software for the tests.  Analysts can turn to the testing when DNA from a crime scene doesn't match any profiles in state and federal databases. Analysts look for partial matches with someone already in the database; a hit would enable police to identify the unknown suspect's relatives.  Only a handful of states use familial testing. Wisconsin American Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Chris Ahmuty says familial testing is unwarranted and likened it to a fishing expedition. He says the Legislature should have signed off on it.

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