Overview of Human Identity Testing and Forensic Genetics

Frederick R. Bieber1

1 Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
Publication Name:  Current Protocols in Human Genetics
Unit Number:  Unit 14.1
DOI:  10.1002/0471142905.hg1401s15
Online Posting Date:  May, 2001
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This unit discusses the development of the field of forensic genetics, touching on the quality control and legal issues that are central to this area. It closes with a discussion of some caveats for interpreting forensic DNA results.

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Table of Contents

  • Background Information
  • Validation Studies and Population Studies
  • Laboratory and Personnel Accreditation
  • Laboratory Accreditation and Quality Assurance
  • Legal Aspects of Human Identity Testing and Forensic Genetics
  • Caveats in the Interpretation of Forensic DNA Testing
  • Literature Cited
  • Tables
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Literature Cited

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