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No DNA left behind: When "inconclusive" really means "informative"

M.W. Perlin. "No DNA left behind: When 'inconclusive' really means 'informative'", Schenectady County District Attorney's Office, Schenectady, NY, 31-Jan-2014.


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Abstract

Biological evidence is often a mixture of two or more people, which can pose DNA interpretation challenges. Human review of mixed or low-level data can lead to "inconclusive" results, or greatly understate a match statistic, erasing DNA's evidentiary value. But computer interpretation of the same data can preserve identification information, and yield a probative statistic connecting crime to criminal. This talk presents Cybergenetics TrueAllele® Casework computer system, its acceptance by courts and scientists, and its long history in New York State.

For more information, see "Williams, K.E., and Panella, M.J. The continuing legal evolution of forensic DNA. The Pennsylvania Lawyer. January/February, 34-37, 2013", and other articles downloadable from Cybergenetics Publications web page.