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Population Genetics and Statistics for Forensic Analysts

Source Attribution

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Source attribution of evidence does not require that the profile be unique, only that there is reasonable scientific certainty regarding the source of the evidence.16 The term unique can have several meanings, but typically it means a circumstance that is only one of its kind. Some laboratories, based on the statistical frequencies of a profile, report a particular individual as the source of an evidentiary sample. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has outlined an approach to assess source attribution of an evidentiary profile, published in Forensic Science Communications.

Read the article, "Source Attribution of a Forensic DNA Profile" in Forensic Science Communications.

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