Law Enforcement Scours Online Genetic Databases to Find Matches for DNA Found at Crime Scenes

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At this time, it is unclear if any of the persons whose DNA signature was used to implicate the suspects in the previously mentioned cases has been notified that their profile was the key in breaking these cases. Moreover, it is unlikely that when they submitted their DNA for examination that they intended for it to be used by law enforcement, so some legal scholars have questioned issues of consent, which is likely why websites like GEDMatch have updated their privacy policies.

Another important factor to consider is that a genetic match does not necessarily equate to guilt in these cases. What has been shown here is that there is a high likelihood that DNA signature identified from one source is the same as the one collected from another source, inferring with a good degree of certainty that it is the same person.

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