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Counting the cost: setting up a national forensic DNA database in Africa — Scientect

Forensic DNA databases can assist the police in identifying unknown perpetrators of specific types of crime such as rape and murder. Unknown serial offenders can also be identified with the assistance of the database. The potential contributions of national DNA databases to public safety have been recognised in most developed and some middle-income countries where high profile crimes have been resolved via these databases.1 Thus it is not surprising that last month the Rwandan Minister for Justice and Attorney General, Johnston Busingye, disclosed that the Rwandan Government is contemplating a DNA database of all citizens.2

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