General Article The National DNA Database

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The National DNA Database (NDNAD) continues to provide police with the most effective tool for the prevention and detection of crime since the development of fingerprint analysis over 100 years ago. Since 1998, more than 300,000 crimes have been detected with the aid of the Database, reassuring the public that offenders are more likely to be brought to justice.

 

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What is DNA?

Deoxyribonucleic acid, generally abbreviated as DNA, is a complex molecule found in virtually every cell of the human body and in all living organisms.

DNA carries the genetic instructions in the form of a code, used for the development and function of both cells and the organism as a whole and is the mechanism whereby this genetic information is passed from one generation to the next.

The vast majority of human DNA is exactly the same between individuals but small variations in the code are responsible for different physical char

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