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2015 is the 20th anniversary of a joint project involving ESR and the New Zealand Police that created the National DNA Profile Databank.

New Zealand was only the second country in the world to create a DNA Profile Databank (DPD) and leads the world in DNA matching with nearly 70% of all unsolved cases loaded to the crime sample databases successfully linked to individuals, and 30% linked to another crime.

The DPD holds about 160,000 blood samples and about 34,000 DNA profiles from case samples.

ESR’s Senior Science Leader SallyAnn Harbison spoke to Fairfax media about the DPD and how it helps keep New Zealanders safe.

Read the story here(external link)

Download the science poster here [PDF, 1.7 MB]

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