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Report expected in DNA searches

The Virginia Department of Forensic Science is expected to present its report regarding the use of a controversial form of DNA searching that helps identify criminal suspects using genetic material from their relatives.

The Forensic Science Board — which oversees the department — asked the agency earlier this summer to study the technique of "familial DNA" searches and report back at its meeting Wednesday.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys have asked the department to use the searches, but agency officials have said questions remain as to how the searches would be done, in what kinds of cases they would be used and how much it would cost.

The searches are used in California and Colorado, but other states have been slow to use them because of privacy and other concerns.

-- The Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  | October 13, 2010; 7:41 AM ET
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