Dr Colin Dark, Consultant Forensic Scientist, Forensic Science Service
Cathy Turner, Consultant Forensic Scientist, Forensic Science Service
Low-copy number DNA is a relatively new technique used to take genetic fingerprints from crime scenes. The technology has been used to provide evidence in more than 1,000 criminal cases where the investigation had run cold, even those that were 30 years old. This evidence has been used to convict more than 100 people, despite sometimes prompting controversy. In this briefing, experts discuss questions including the accuracy of these techniques and what limitations they still have.