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Principles of Forensic DNA for Officers of the Court

Historical Perspective of DNA Evidence Interpretation

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The National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academy of Sciences published a report in 1992, DNA Technology in Forensic Science (NRC I), that made several recommendations regarding analysis and interpretation of forensic DNA evidence. Access NRC I at http://www.nap.edu/books/0309045878/html.

At that time, restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) technologies were most commonly used for forensic DNA analysis. The NRC committee concluded that RFLP forensic DNA analysis methods were reliable and that even a 3- or 4-locus RFLP "match" was considered a rare event.

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