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Short course

Advances in DNA Profiling – An Overview

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 the sensitivity of DNA profiling techniques increases, there are limitations to the interpretation of this popular forensic evidence type. Taught by practising forensic scientists.


Course overview

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 explore 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.

Course Highlights

  • A history of low template DNA techniques
  • DNA mixtures
  • Stochastic effects
  • Drop In
  • Drop Out
  • Heterozygous Imbalance
  • Interpreting with caution

Award: CPD
Level: Short Course
Delivery: Campus
Study Mode: Part time
Duration: 1 Day
Campus: Preston
Start Date: Start dates are varied

Entry requirements

Relevant operational experience. 


This course is based in the School of Natural Sciences located in the Faculty of Science and Technology

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