The Forensic Use of DNA Profiling
Trends & Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice, Vol. 26, pp. 1-7, 1990
8 Pages Posted: 13 Jan 2010 Last revised: 31 May 2017
Date Written: 1990
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.
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