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The National Police Agency will deploy automated DNA-profiling equipment to six more prefectural departments by next March to speed up criminal investigations and the identification of bodies recovered from disasters, police sources said Tuesday.

As a result, 11 prefectural forces will have the equipment, which is capable of testing about 80 samples at the same time. Using conventional methods, experts need to test samples manually — a method that is too slow to respond to requests from investigators.

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