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1987 Newsnight report on debut of DNA evidence

In 1987 police used a revolutionary technique called genetic fingerprinting for the first time on a mass population in a bid to catch the killer of Dawn Ashworth and Lynda Mann in Leicestershire.

Gill Nevill reports on the case and the issues raised by the introduction of genetic fingerprinting.

First broadcast on 19 January 1987.

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