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California will be searching its DNA databases for the relatives of criminal suspects, reports the Los Angeles Times. Under this new policy the state crime lab will tell the police about close, partial DNA matches from the database that are likely to be a familial match. Other states use this technique, but California is the first to make it policy, raising concerns of civil libertarians.

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