An introduction to forensic DNA analysis

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CRC Press, 1997 - Law - 256 pages
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DNA analysis has its roots in classical genetics, biochemistry, and molecular biology; however, it has recently found itself in an unlikely arena: a court of law. How can judges, juries, and others with little or no scientific training hope to comprehend the specifics of the highly technical fields of molecular biology and genetics? Introduction to Forensic DNA Analysis translates these concepts into plain English so that laypeople can gain insight into how DNA analysis works, from sample collection to interpretation of results. This book emphasizes the advantages and limitations of various DNA techniques used in the analysis of forensic evidence. The authors discuss forensic DNA issues from both a scientific and a legal perspective, and they present the material in a manner understandable by professionals in the legal system, forensic science, and law enforcement. Coverage includes: Key terminology used in the field The scientific basis of DNA typing Statistical interpretations of DNA typing A summary of court decisions and admissibility standards

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Contents

Chapter 1
Chapter 4
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Chapter 6
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About the author (1997)

Inman, California Department of Justice DNA Laboratory.

Rudin, Forensic DNA Consultant.

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