DNA evidence seems to be ubiquitous in the forensic science of today. It is considered by police and the courts to offer the “gold standard” of scientific evidence, but as sensitivity of DNA profiling techniques increases there are limitations to the interpretation of this popular forensic evidence type.
Taught by practising forensic scientists.
LEVEL:Short Course / CPD
STUDY MODE: Part time
DELIVERY METHOD: Campus
COURSE LENGTH: 1 Day
SCHOOL: School of Forensic and Applied Sciences
PARTNER COLLEGES: No Partner College
START DATE: No set date
Relevant operational experience.
A matching DNA profile provides compelling evidence. Recent advances in DNA technology have made it possible to obtain a DNA profile from traces of biological material so small that they may not be visible to the naked eye. How reliable is this low level DNA evidence and what are its limitations? This short course aims to explode some of the myths surrounding DNA profiling, to explore the interpretational issues encountered when dealing with this type of result and explain how to deal with them.
By the end of the course, delegates will have a thorough understanding of the stochastic effects commonly encountered when dealing with low levels of DNA, why they occur and the appropriate levels of caution that should be taken in interpreting low level DNA profiles.
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