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Understanding Forensic DNA
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  • Suzanne Bell, West Virginia University, John M. Butler, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, MD
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Expected online publication date: September 2022
  • Print publication year: 2022
  • Online ISBN: 9781009043311
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Forensic DNA analysis plays a central role in the judicial system. A DNA sample can change the course of an investigation with immense consequences. Because DNA typing is recognized as the epitome of forensic science, increasing public awareness in this area is vital. Through several cases, examples and illustrations, this book explains the basic principles of forensic DNA typing, and how it integrates with law enforcement investigations and legal decisions. Written for a general readership, Understanding Forensic DNA explains both the power and the limitations of DNA analysis. This book dispels common misunderstandings regarding DNA analysis and shows how astounding match probabilities such as one-in-a-trillion are calculated, what they really mean, and why DNA alone never solves a case.

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