DNA From Cat Hair Helps Convict Murder Suspect

Orange Cat

Mitochondrial DNA from a single light-orange cat hair has helped convict a suspect of murder. The acceptance of the evidence in court — a first in the U.S. — could set a new precedent where pet hair is concerned. The hair was found in the suspect’s jean pockets. The victim owned cats, and the suspect had 11 cats at home. Forensic scientists were able to exclude that the hair originated from the victim’s cats but it couldn’t be excluded from the suspect’s cats. The suspect was found guilty of first-degree murder, due in part to the cat hair, as well as other evidence. The case will be outlined in the November issue of the journal Forensic Science International: Genetics. — Read it at Discovery News

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