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Cracking the Golden State Killer case: Clever detective work or a violation of privacy?

Experts say the way authorities matched DNA from decades-old crime scenes to a suspect arrested this week in the Golden State Killer case represents something new.

Ruth Dickover, director of UC Davis' forensic science program, described law enforcement's approach as a glimpse into a future in which virtually all genetic information is accessible to the government.

"Unlike a Social Security number that can be forged," she said, "your DNA

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