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Paul Ferrara, Who Pioneered Use Of DNA, Dies

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Under his direction in 1989, Virginia became the first state to have a lab capable of performing DNA fingerprinting, just months after the FBI first began using that technology as a crime-fighting too.l

The same year, Virginia also became the first to create a DNA database of convicted sex offenders.

Associates say Ferrara died Monday at his home in Chesterfield County. He was 68.

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