Validating Databases

John S. Buckleton, Jo Anne Bright, James M. Curran, Duncan Taylor

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterpeer-review



This chapter is concerned with the issue of validating population databases for forensic work. The issue of independence testing is discussed. It is worthwhile considering here a quote from Weir,345 reproduced with permission: ‘Arguments have arisen that could have been avoided if the deliberate pace with which scientific investigation proceeds had been applied to the forensic uses of DNA evidence.’ The situation has improved since 1992, but there is an unfortunate reluctance in some areas to adopt continuous improvement due to entrenched views, fear of complexity and fear of retrospective review of past cases.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationForensic DNA Evidence Interpretation
EditorsJohn S. Buckleton, Jo-Anne Bright, Duncan Taylor
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages48
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


Dive into the research topics of 'Validating Databases'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this