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DNA profiling

DNA evidence

 

The recovery, analysis and profiling of DNA recovered from crime scenes has become crucial to the detection and prosecution of perpetrators of crime. DNA profiling has the potential to uniquely identify an individual from traces of body fluids, hairs or skin cells left at the scene or recovered from items related to the incident. However, if a DNA profile is made up of contributions from a number of individuals or from an unidentified body fluid or only a partial profile is obtained, then the results may be open to a number of possible interpretations.

 

As the sensitivity of DNA technology has increased so too has the ability of forensic scientists to detect ever decreasing trace amounts of DNA. Therefore, it is necessary to consider the circumstances surrounding the collection of a DNA sample and how the DNA profile was obtained. It is also crucial to consider when and how that DNA evidence could have been deposited on the item under investigation.

 

It is therefore very important that DNA evidence is peer reviewed by a forensic scientist who is highly experienced in that specialist area.

 

DNA profiling experts


   Forensic Biologist

Nigel Hodge BSc. BTh. DipPS        


 

Forensic Biologist   

John Page. BA. MSBiol. CBiol. PGDip.


 

DNA profiling expert    

Dr Sara Short BSc. PhD. MFSSoc. MAE


How can our DNA profiling experts assist the defence counsel with the DNA evidence issues?

Our DNA profiling experts have very substantial experience and expertise in the application and interpretation of DNA collection and DNA evidence.

 

Our forensic scientists can:

 
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