A framework for interpreting evidence

Tacha Hicks, John S. Buckleton, Jo Anne Bright, Duncan Taylor

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This book is intended as a discussion of the interpretation of DNA evidence. However there is nothing inherently different about DNA evidence that sets it qualitatively aside from all other forensic disciplines or even all evidence.160,161 We feel that it is important that DNA evidence be considered as one form of evidence, not as something completely separate. This opinion is not universally held. There is a view that the strength of the probabilistic models used in DNA sets it apart.162 We cannot support this viewpoint and believe it originates from a false understanding of objectivity and subjectivity* in probabilistic reasoning.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationForensic DNA Evidence Interpretation
EditorsJohn S. Buckleton, Jo-Anne Bright, Duncan Taylor
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages50
EditionSecond Edition
ISBN (Electronic)9781482258929
ISBN (Print)9781482258899
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • DNA casework
  • Peter Gill
  • DNA analysis
  • interpretation of test results
  • DNA frequencies
  • LCN (ultra trace) analysis
  • non-autosomal (mito, X, and Y) DNA analysis


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