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Investigating a Common Approach to DNA Profile Interpretation Using Probabilistic Software

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Date Published
May 2015
11 pages
This study examined the concordance in profile interpretation of three crime samples by 20 different analysts across 12 different international laboratories using STRmix™.
Recently there has been a drive for standardization of DNA profile interpretation within and between different forensic laboratories. The continuous interpretation software STRmix™ has been adopted for use by laboratories in Australia and New Zealand for profile interpretation. The three profiles selected for the current study exhibited a range of template and complexity. The use of probabilistic software has compelled a level of concordance between different analysts; however, there remain differences within profile interpretation, particularly with the objective assignment of the number of contributors to profiles. (Publisher abstract modified)

Date Published: May 1, 2015