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Forensic crime-solving software wins top science award

A software package developed by New Zealand researchers to analyse mixed DNA material collected at crime scenes has won the country’s richest science award, the $500,000 Prime Minister’s Science Prize.

The software, called STRmix and pronounced ‘Star mix’, allows mixed DNA samples to be searched against the country’s national DNA profile database to identify suspects.

It was developed by scientists from the NZ government’s Institute of Environmental Science and Research in collaboration with Forensic Science South Australia, a state government agency within the SA attorney-general’s department.

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