August 18, 2009

NO LONGER A GOLD STANDARD: DNA Evidence Can Be Fabricated, Scientists Show.

The scientists fabricated blood and saliva samples containing DNA from a person other than the donor of the blood and saliva. They also showed that if they had access to a DNA profile in a database, they could construct a sample of DNA to match that profile without obtaining any tissue from that person.

“You can just engineer a crime scene,” said Dan Frumkin, lead author of the paper, which has been published online by the journal Forensic Science International: Genetics. “Any biology undergraduate could perform this.”

All scientific evidence is less determinative than people pretend, but this is certainly big news.

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