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We still believe in Sherlock Holmes, even in the age of DNA
150 years after his birth, Conan Doyle lives on in his greatest creation, says Melanie McDonagh
"...Holmes's appeal shows no sign of diminishing, but in an odd way, he has become less relevant than ever. In my edition of the stories, the publisher assured readers that Scotland Yard had incorporated Holmes's scientific methods into its own investigations. But the science outran the deduction: practically every contemporary crime (and practically every contemporary crime drama) seems to revolve around the use of DNA or forensic evidence, which renders the Holmes method pretty well redundant. I can't, alas, think of a single modern murder that could have been cleared up by a man with a magnifying glass and a remarkable capacity for reasoning. It's the size of the DNA database that delivers modern criminals to justice...."
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