The Evaluation of Forensic DNA Evidence

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In 1992 the National Research Council issued DNA Technology in Forensic Science, a book that documented the state of the art in this emerging field. Recently, this volume was brought to worldwide attention in the murder trial of celebrity O. J. Simpson. The Evaluation of Forensic DNA Evidence reports on developments in population genetics and statistics since the original volume was published. The committee comments on statements in the original book that proved controversial or that have been misapplied in the courts. This volume offers recommendations for handling DNA samples, performing calculations, and other aspects of using DNA as a forensic tool–modifying some recommendations presented in the 1992 volume. The update addresses two major areas:

  • Determination of DNA profiles. The committee considers how laboratory errors (particularly false matches) can arise, how errors might be reduced, and how to take into account the fact that the error rate can never be reduced to zero.
  • Interpretation of a finding that the DNA profile of a suspect or victim matches the evidence DNA. The committee addresses controversies in population genetics, exploring the problems that arise from the mixture of groups and subgroups in the American population and how this substructure can be accounted for in calculating frequencies. This volume examines statistical issues in interpreting frequencies as probabilities, including adjustments when a suspect is found through a database search.

The committee includes a detailed discussion of what its recommendations would mean in the courtroom, with numerous case citations. By resolving several remaining issues in the evaluation of this increasingly important area of forensic evidence, this technical update will be important to forensic scientists and population geneticists–and helpful to attorneys, judges, and others who need to understand DNA and the law. Anyone working in laboratories and in the courts or anyone studying this issue should own this book.

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The Evaluation Of Forensic Dna Evidence


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Author by : Committee on DNA Forensic Science: An Update
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 1996-12-12
Publisher by : National Academies Press

In 1992 the National Research Council issued DNA Technology in Forensic Science, a book that documented the st

Dna Technology In Forensic Science


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Author by : Committee on DNA Technology in Forensic Science
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 1992-01-01
Publisher by : National Academies Press

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Forensic Dna Evidence Interpretation


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Author by : Christopher M. Triggs
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2004-11-29
Publisher by : CRC Press

Forensic DNA Evidence Interpretation is the most comprehensive resource for DNA casework available today. Writ

Forensic Dna Evidence Interpretation Second Edition


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Author by : John S. Buckleton
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2016-04-21
Publisher by : CRC Press

Now in its second edition, Forensic DNA Evidence Interpretation is the most comprehensive resource for DNA cas

Statistics And The Evaluation Of Evidence For Forensic Scientists


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Author by : Colin Aitken
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2004-11-19
Publisher by : John Wiley & Sons

The first edition of Statistics and the Evaluation of Evidence for Forensic Scientists established itself as a

Using Forensic Dna Evidence At Trial


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Author by : Jane Moira Taupin
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2016-04-21
Publisher by : CRC Press

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Statistics And The Evaluation Of Evidence For Forensic Scientists


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Author by : C. G. G. Aitken
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 1995-07-11
Publisher by : Wiley

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