The Forensic Use of DNA Profiling

Trends & Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice, Vol. 26, pp. 1-7, 1990

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Simon Easteal

Australian National University (ANU)

Patricia L. Easteal

University of Canberra - School of Law and Justice

Date Written: 1990

Abstract

Although many people regard DNA profiling as a powerful breakthrough in forensic science, questions have been raised as to the scientific validity of its application by individual laboratories. Privacy issues have also been raised. This paper canvases these matters and outlines current knowledge of DNA technology. The authors raise several issues that limit the use of profiling in forensic investigations. They emphasise the importance of establishing national standard techniques and population frequency databases that reflect Australia's ethnic composition.

Keywords: DNA

Suggested Citation

Easteal, Simon and Easteal, Patricia L., The Forensic Use of DNA Profiling (1990). Trends & Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice, Vol. 26, pp. 1-7, 1990 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1535656

Simon Easteal

Australian National University (ANU) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

Patricia L. Easteal (Contact Author)

University of Canberra - School of Law and Justice ( email )

Australia

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