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DNA identification science

Perlin, M.W. "DNA identification science," in Forensic Sciences. vol. 3, C. H. Wecht, Ed., Albany, NY: LexisNexis Matthew Bender, 2017, Chapter 37C.


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Table of Contents

Introduction
    Generally
    Origins
    Uncertainty and Information
    Overview of Chapter

Biology
    Generally
    STR Genetic Markers
    Lineage Markers

Data
    Generally
    Polymerase Chain Reaction
    DNA Data Complexity

Genotype
    Generally
    Probability
    Probabilistic Genotypes

Match
    Generally
    Match Statistics
    Explaining the Match Statistic
    Population Considerations
    Adding Up DNA Match Information

Mixtures
    Generally
    Separating DNA Mixtures
    DNA Mixture Interpretation
    Using Mixtures as Evidence

Kinship
    Generally
    Paternity
    Reconstructing Genotypes from Relatives

Database
    Generally
    Early DNA Databases
    Newer Technology
    Ethical Issues

Reliability
    Generally
    Frye and Daubert Hearings
    Challenges to DNA Evidence
    DNA Mixture Interpretation

Testimony
    Generally
    Role of DNA Evidence
    Defending Against DNA Evidence
    DNA in the Courtroom
    Who Should Testify?

Exoneration
    Generally
    DNA and Wrongful Convictions
    Making Better Use of Exculpatory DNA

Conclusion
    Generally
    Three Revolutions
    Reliable DNA Identification Information