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What Can DNA Tell Us About Crime?

By: , Posted on: February 10, 2017

As DNA profiling becomes increasingly sensitive and is used in more investigations, it is essential that public understanding of this technology comes not from TV crime fiction, but from reality.

Find out more by downloading the recently published Making Sense of Forensic Genetics guide.

This guide shares what DNA analysis can currently do in the criminal justice system, what its limitations are, and what might be possible in the future. It includes graphics and real-life cases where DNA evidence has been a game changer in investigations as well as where its misuse has led to miscarriages of justice.

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This guide was the result of a public engagement partnership with forensic DNA researchers at EUROFORGEN (European Forensic Genetics Network of Excellence) – follow them @EURFORGEN

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A notable mention in the guide is Peter Gill’s publication, Misleading DNA Evidence. This work presents the reasons miscarriages of justice can occur when dealing with DNA, what the role of the forensic scientist is throughout the process, and how judges and lawyers can educate themselves about all of the possibilities to consider when dealing with cases that involve DNA evidence.

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Forensic Sciences

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