The evaluation of forensic dna evidence reports on developments in population genetics and statistics since the original volume was published the committee comments on statements in the original book that proved controversial or that have been misapplied in the courts. In 1992 the national research council issued dna technology in forensic science a book that documented the state of the art in this emerging field recently this volume was brought to worldwide attention in the murder trial of celebrity o j simpson the evaluation of forensic dna evidence reports on developments in population genetics and statistics since the original volume was published. The evaluation and interpretation of forensic dna mixture evidence faces greater interpretational challenges due to increasingly complex mixture evidence such challenges include casework involving low quantity or degraded evidence leading to allele and locus dropout allele sharing of contributors leading to allele stacking and differentiation of pcr stutter artifacts from true alleles. this article is an excerpt from the executive summary of the report the evaluation of forensic dna evidence committee on dna forensic science an update national research council isbn 0 309 05395 1 1996 us 3795. In the preceding chapters we have tried to clarify the scientific issues involved in forensic dna testing this chapter discusses the legal implications of the committees conclusions and recommendations it describes the most important procedural and evidentiary rules that affect the use of forensic dna evidence identifies the questions of scientific fact that have been disputed in court
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