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Lowly Leech Fights Crime

Post by cooran » Tue Oct 20, 2009 7:14 am

Hello all,

I found this amazing, after eight years, the blood taken from a leech convicts a man of an eight year old robbery:

Leech convicts Australian robber - By Nick Bryant
BBC News, Sydney

Australian Police in Tasmania have used a blood sample from a leech to identify a criminal, in what is believed to be a world forensic first.

Eight years ago, a group of thieves robbed a 71-year-old woman in her home.

Police found a leech at the crime scene and took a sample of the blood it had consumed for DNA profiling.

In 2008 Peter Alec Canon was charged over a drug offence and his DNA was found to match the sample. Canon has now admitted aggravated armed robbery.

This is believed to be the first time that the lowly leech has been used in the forensic fight against crime.

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Published: 2009/10/20 03:41:46 GMT © BBC MMIX

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Re: Lowly Leech Fights Crime

Post by Ben » Tue Oct 20, 2009 8:28 am

Thanks Chris
Its the headlline local news down here.
- Don't get me started on 'Tasmanians'!!

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
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in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
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