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    State Duma moves to create DNA database in Russia

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    MOSCOW, June 27 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's lower house of parliament on Friday adopted in its first reading a bill on the creation of a national DNA database.

    The planned DNA database would contain samples recovered from crime scenes and taken from police suspects, and could prove effective in tackling crime, extremism and terrorism.

    Such a database, which has equivalents in the U.K., the U.S., Canada and other countries, could also help law enforcement authorities identify dead bodies and find missing persons.

    The authors of the bill believe that widespread use of DNA evidence would reduce the crime rate in Russia by discouraging people from committing crimes.

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