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DNA analysis has been used by law enforcement officials for many years, usually to track down murderers or rapists. Now, it's being used to track down criminals of a different sort, says New Scientist's Nic Fleming: those that catch and sell fish illegally. Many key species of fish have been overfished in some locations while they thrive in others.

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