Cop shows often depict forensics experts combing the scene of a crime for traces of DNA. Working out which fragment comes from which person can be difficult. Inferences can also be made from a person's DNA material about his or her appearance.
Police in Germany may soon be able to use DNA to build a more detailed picture of wanted fugitives. Under a new proposed law, authorities could be allowed to identify a suspect's age as well as skin color.
Police in Australia say DNA testing has identified the remains of missing French backpacker Erwan Ferrieux. Fears were raised after his rental car was found abandoned near a popular surf beach in February.
The Vatican has opened two burial chambers in an attempt to solve the case of an Italian teenager who vanished 36 years ago. In a twist, experts are also looking for the remains of two 19th century German princesses.
Prosecutors say DNA forensics applied 28 years after the murders of five people near Lüneburg in northern Germany have hardened the case against a gardener. He committed suicide in detention in 1993.
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