Advanced Topics in Forensic DNA Typing: Interpretation (textbook)
John M. Butler
This book is primarily intended for DNA analysts or those trying to understand what a DNA analyst does in his or her review of forensic DNA data that was obtained by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification and short tandem repeat (STR) typing via capillary electrophoresis (CE). A DNA analyst, according to the FBI Quality Assurance Standards (QAS) that govern U.S. laboratories, is an individual who "conducts and/or directs the analysis of forensic samples, interprets data and reaches conclusions" (QAS 2011 definitions). Many laboratories employ technicians to perform the analytical techniques required to obtain a DNA profile from a biological sample—typically under the supervision of a trained and qualified analyst. However, as noted by the QAS, "technicians do not interpret data, reach conclusions on typing results, or prepare final reports" (QAS 2011 definitions). Thus, there is an expectation that DNA analyst training involves developing an understanding and mastery of data interpretation as well as report writing and statistical analysis used in reaching conclusions on typing results.
Advanced Topics in Forensic DNA Typing: Interpretation
Elsevier Academic Press, San Diego, CA
forensic DNA, forensic science, DNA interpretation