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Cybergenetics talks to PCAST about forensic transparency
Cybergenetics Dr. Mark Perlin addressed the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) in Room 460 of the White House Eisenhower Executive Office Building (EEOB) on Friday, November 18th at 3 pm. The meeting was a closed discussion between PCAST and other scientists.
The text of Dr. Perlin's ten minute talk on "Transparency in DNA Evidence" is publicly available, along with a PowerPoint handout. His talk responded to the PCAST report Forensic Science in Criminal Courts: Ensuring Scientific Validity of Feature-Comparison Methods, identifying errors in facts and findings. Data transparency can help remedy forensic secrecy and government failure.
Dr. Perlin disagreed with a proposed project, rejecting it as unnecessary and wasteful on scientific grounds. Published foundational studies already demonstrate TrueAllele® validity. Empirical science shows the TrueAllele system has no fixed limits – less informative data simply yield less information.
- Transparency in DNA evidence - Talk