Cat DNA Database Helps U.K. Police Solve Crime



Cat owners know the truth: cat hair gets everywhere. Even criminals can’t help but track their pets’ hair onto crime scenes, leaving furry clues as to the identity of the perpetrator. That’s why the University of Leicester put together a forensic database of cat DNA, and it’s already been used to solve a crime.

Last month, David Hilder was convicted of manslaughter in Winchester, England, thanks in part to the catalog of cat DNA compiled by the university. Police had discovered cat hair on a dismembered torso discovered in a trash bag on a British beach in July of last year. With the assistance of the DNA database, detectives were able to match the hairs to a cat that belonged to Hilder, the deceased’s neighbor.

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Working with police, a team from the University of Leicester gathered samples…

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