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News Archives 3821-3840
Number Title Post Date
3821 Pentagon & US State Department Launch Unhinged War On WikiLeaks 12/08/2010 09:24:51
3822 Fallibility Of DNA Evidence Exposed - AGAIN! 13/08/2010 14:48:07
3823 NVIC Launches New Volunteer Section Of Website! 13/08/2010 15:07:28
3824 After Avandia: Does The FDA Have A Drug Problem? 13/08/2010 15:14:17
3825 WHO Swine Flu 'Experts' Linked To Vaccine Producers 13/08/2010 15:19:31
3826 Doctors Kept In The Dark About Flu Vaccine Fiasco 13/08/2010 15:22:33
3827 How WikiLeaks Is Changing The Face Of Journalism 13/08/2010 15:39:49
3828 Journalism Warning Labels - Contents Not Verified 16/08/2010 09:18:32
3829 Call To Examine Drug Dealer Connections Of Australian Swine Flu 'Experts' 16/08/2010 09:22:46
3830 WikiLeaks Julian Assange On Amnesty International & The Wall Street Journal 16/08/2010 10:01:59
3831 WikiLeaks Refuses To Be Threatened By Pentagon 16/08/2010 10:05:02
3832 UK Government Scapegoating The Sick & Disabled 17/08/2010 10:56:48
3833 Diabetes Drugs Cause Increased Bone Fracture Risk 17/08/2010 11:00:04
3834 The Digital Surveillance State 17/08/2010 11:03:44
3835 Clueless Commentators Think That It's Possible To Stop WikiLeaks 17/08/2010 11:07:38
3836 Soldier Who Found Rocket Launcher At WikiLeaks Scene Says No Attack Was Being Planned 17/08/2010 11:10:08
3837 Numerous Trials Reveal The Scope Of UNUM Insurance Misdeeds 18/08/2010 11:17:47
3838 XMRV Virus In Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Patients Confirmed By US Government 18/08/2010 11:20:42
3839 Mother Launches Lawsuit Against Gardasil Vaccine Manufacturer 18/08/2010 11:23:36
3840 US Department Of Justice To Investigate Pharma Bribes Abroad 18/08/2010 11:25:49

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Fallibility Of DNA Evidence Exposed - AGAIN!
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08/12/2010

Fallibility of DNA evidence exposed again

In the DNA database debate that occurred during the election, one important point was quite often missed: namely that DNA evidence is not the infallible witness that is so often claimed.

DNA database We have written before about the dangers present in investing too much faith in DNA, but today the details of a study by the New Scientist have been revealed which further emphasise the flaws in the argument of those - like Philip Davies - that believe in putting everyone in the country on the DNA database.

As the Daily Mail explains:

The magazine sent a sample of DNA from a real crime scene to 17 experienced analysts in an U.S. laboratory. The experts' differing results cast doubts over the technique's reliability.

The sample, from a gang rape, had already been used to convict a man  -  but only one of the 17 scientists came to the same conclusion. Four said the evidence was inconclusive and 12 said he could be excluded.

Itiel Dror, a University College London scientist who helped set up the investigation, said: 'It is time DNA analysts accept that under certain conditions, subjectivity may affect their work.'

Christine Funk, a defence lawyer in the U.S., said: 'The difference between prison and freedom rests in the hands of the scientist assigned the case.'

That final line should put a shiver through anyone who believes in trial by jury. Hopefully studies like this can put an end to the sort of nonsense we saw from Alan Johnson and Harriet Harman when the pros and cons of removing innocent profiles from the database were being debated.

By Dylan Sharpe

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