Month March 2016

D.C. Crime Lab Reopens; Starts DNA Testing on Limited Basis

The D.C. crime lab was suspended from completing DNA analyses last April amid concerns of integrity and independence of the lab. A national accreditation group found the analysts at the lab were, “not competent and were using inadequate procedures.” The lab… Continue Reading →

Despite doubts of its reliability, “high-sensitivity” DNA tests are being used in a growing number of criminal prosecutions

“High-sensitivity” DNA tests, also referred to as “low-copy DNA tests,” are being used in a growing number of criminal prosecutions. These tests take a sample of just a few human cells and amplify the samples for testing. Because the original… Continue Reading →

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