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Mehul Anjaria on All Things Crime

Mehul Anjaria on All Things Crime

Forensic DNA is, by far, the most discriminatory and scientifically sound evidence that investigators can find at a crime scene or from evidence. But even with the ability to say there is one chance in trillions that it’s NOT a certain person, forensic DNA can still be misused, misunderstood and misinterpreted. That’s where DNA experts […]

FBI notifies crime labs of errors used in DNA match calculations since 1999

FBI notifies crime labs of errors used in DNA match calculations since 1999

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/fbi-notifies-crime-labs-of-errors-used-in-dna-match-calculations-since-1999/2015/05/29/f04234fc-0591-11e5-8bda-c7b4e9a8f7ac_story.html It will be interesting to see how this shakes out. “In a bulletin sent to crime labs, the FBI said the problem stemmed from “clerical mistakes in transcriptions of the genotypes and to limitations of the old technology and software.” I am not sure that the public will ever have access to this bulletin, […]

DNA TESTING IN THE TRAYVON MARTIN/GEORGE ZIMMERMAN CASE

     While reading articles on the DNA results in the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case I soon realized that a lot of detail must have been released about the test results.  After a quick internet search I was somewhat shocked to discover that official DNA reports and even some laboratory notes are available online: http://media.cmgdigital.com/shared/news/documents/2012/09/19/case_part_5_Gorgone_FDLE_complete_report_7_26_12_.pdf […]

UNDERSTANDING THE INDEPENDENT DNA EXPERTS’ REPORT IN THE AMANDA KNOX CASE (PART 2)

Closing arguments are now underway in the Amanda Knox appeals trial. In late July I posted a blog entry about the first part of the Conti-Vecchiotti report.  At the site, http://knoxdnareport.wordpress.com, a completed translation of this report is now offered. Bra Clasps This item of evidence was given the designation ‘165B’/sample ID code 48896 and […]

BREAKING DOWN BIN LADEN’S DNA

BREAKING DOWN BIN LADEN’S DNA

The historic news of the death of Osama Bin Laden has once again thrust DNA science into the forefront of the media.  Identification of Bin Laden through DNA is as high profile as it gets for the science. The World, and not just a twelve-member jury pool, must be assured that the identification is correct.  […]

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