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April 11, 2008

Low copy number DNA vindicated?

In January, we noted the unusual opinion of the trial court in the Omagh bombing case. Now, a second review of the Forensic Science Service's procedure for amplifying small quantities of DNA has appeared. According to an article in today's Guardian, a report undertaken for the Crown Prosecution Services concludes that "[t]iny samples of DNA evidence are safe to use in criminal prosecutions." However, the report also contains "21 recommendations to standardise procedures, including ensuring that police evidence-gathering kits are "DNA-clean", to avoid contamination with someone else's genetic profile, a national agreement on how to interpret the results from low-template DNA, and clear guidance on how courts should interpret the evidence."

--DHK

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Does anyone know where the report, discussed in the article, can be found?

Posted by: anon | May 2, 2008 2:28:25 AM

find this report at

http://police.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/operational-policing/Review_of_Low_Template_DNA_1.pdf

Posted by: anon | May 11, 2008 1:09:44 AM

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