Daily Archives: April 3, 2015

New DNA technique means pointing the finger at the right identical twin just got easier

twin dnaDNA profiling (or genetic fingerprinting) has proved a revolutionary tool for forensic investigators as a means to identify potential suspects, exonerate the innocent and convict the guilty. But, like any forensic technique, it has its limitations. One limitation is in cases involving identical twins, something that has raised technical, legal and ethical problems – until now.

DNA backlog causes agencies to look for alternatives

helix 10Anyone who has watched a crime show knows that in TV-land, DNA is collected and processed within a neat and tidy one hour show.
Unfortunately, in the real world, with backlogs at most state labs and more and more cases coming in, the process isn’t nearly as fast.