By Andrea Anderson

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A controversial genetic forensics method known as familial searching may be prone to complications in the US and other places where structured populations are present, according to a PLoS Genetics study by researchers from the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Washington.

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