February 22, 2006

Let me guess, it's Smith!

If you are a male criminal, you can’t fool
Investigators, they’ve discovered a new tool
Your ‘Y’ chromosome
Will help them strike home
By revealing to them your surname pool!

BBC News 21/02/06: Forensic scientists could use DNA retrieved from a crime scene to predict the surname of the suspect, according to a new British study. It is not perfect, but could be an important investigative tool when combined with other intelligence. The method exploits genetic likenesses between men who share the same surname, and may help prioritise inquiries.

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