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China’s ‘Jack the Ripper’ serial killer was caught with the help of genetic tests used by forensic anthropologists

2 months ago
Sky Canaves
rdinary DNA testing of blood and semen samples from the crime scenes failed to pinpoint a suspect, but a closer look at the male chromosome genetic material allowed scientists to track down the ancestral village of Gao Chengyong, who was arrested for killing and raping 11 women and girls over 14 years.
By Sky Canaves
Sky Canaves previously reported for The Wall Street Journal in Beijing and Hong Kong, where she covered media, culture, social issues, and legal affairs, and served as the founding editor and lead writer of the WSJ’s China Real Time site. Prior to becoming a journalist, Sky worked in the China corporate law practice of Baker & McKenzie, and she has also taught journalism and media law at the University of Hong Kong. She speaks Mandarin and has accumulated more than a decade's experience living, studying and working in China.

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