Canadian DNA Database

Canadian officials say the C$10 million DNA database, located at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police headquarters in Ottawa, is the most automated and sophisticated of its kind. New scanning technology can automatically match the DNA samples against a large database in minutes.

Dr. Ron Fourney, who is in charge of the database, said "When we started 10 years (ago) we might have needed a biological sample which was the size of a penny. Today's technology is so revolutionary that 10 percent of what would fit on the head of a pin is all we'd need to do a case."

Canada is negotiating with other nations that possess DNA databanks to set up a system whereby genetic information can be exchange. Other countries that have created national DNA databases include Germany and the United States.

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