DNA fingerprinting

Young, R. young at clpd.kodak.com
Sun Jul 17 19:15:14 EST 1994


In article <306uc6$b7h at rebecca.albany.edu> tivol at tethys.ph.albany.edu writes:

[...]

>	It can be seen from the foregoing that problems can occur with DNA from
>mixed sources--blood from victim and perpetrator, e.g.  Furthermore, each 
>RFLP may be shared by a large fraction of the population.  Only the combined
>probability from having many RFLP's allows the statements like "The chance
>that this fingerprint matches a person at random is one in a million."  As
>is carefully stated by the more careful workers in this field, DNA finger-
>printing is best used to *eliminate* a person as a source of the DNA.

	There is a short piece in the "Commentary" section of the March 24th 
	issue of NATURE that talks about the reliability of DNA testing 
	and which might be of interest in this discussion.


-Rich Young

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