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Key Words:
DNA databases, PCR Analysis, STR Analysis, Mitochondrial Anyalysis

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  • CODIS: Combined DNA Index System - Guidelines for collecting and submitting evidence in blood and saliva samples, quality assurance, statistics and links to participating states, from the Department of Justice, Washington, DC.
  • DNA as a forensic instrument - Article discussing the potential and limitations of DNA, published in 1996 by Columbia University, NY.
  • DNA Forensics - Comprehensive resource covering forensic identification, arising from the human genome project, discussing accuracies, potential applications and databases such as the Combined DNA Index System. Maintained at Oak Ridge, TN.
  • DNA Forensics Problem Set - The Biology Project at the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.
  • DNA in the Courtroom - A Trial Watcher's Guide; succinct explanation of the history, science and law of forensic and parental DNA testing from Seattle, WA.
  • FBI's DNA Program - Congressional Statement 2001, with link to previous years, by Forensic Analysis Branch, before the Subcommittee on Crime of the House Judiciary Committee, Washington, DC.
  • Forensic DNA Consulting - Resource aimed at attorneys, placing DNA testing in perspective. Search for expert witness, training, articles and bibliography from Richmond, CA.
  • Forensic Mathematics - Page of links on maths behind DNA identification and population genetics. Reports and biostatistics software from consultant in Oakland, CA.
  • Frontline - Interviews in which DNA evidence was involved in court cases, with more examples since 1987, by searching PBS from Alexandria, VA.
  • Gene Almanac - Discussing the science behind DNA fingerprinting technology and its use inside the courtroom. Dolan DNA Learning Center, Cold Spring Harbor, NY.
  • Genetics in the Courtroom - Articles written in 1997, facing genetics issues, from The Judges' Journal of the American Bar Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Hope Hall DNA Action Memorial - Describes killer's identification, four years after the violent rape and murder of Hope Denise Hall in 1994, during random DNA search, conducted by forensic scientists in Petersburg, VA.
  • How DNA Evidence Works - Introduction to the steps in DNA fingerprinting evidence gathering for law enforcement, and its application from Howstuffworks Inc., Raleigh, NC.
  • Investigation of Forensic Evidence - Introductory tutorial on courtroom reporting of laboratory results, including checklists for forensic DNA-typing case-specific issues from law offices in Mill Valley, CA.
  • National Commission on the Future of DNA Evidence - Seeking to maximize the value of forensic DNA evidence in the criminal justice system. Transcripts, publications, programs and what's new from the NIJ, Washington, DC.
  • National DNA Data Bank - Explains history, privacy, security, statistics and case examples, with FAQ to justify the instigation of DNA fingerprinting upon conviction, for criminal records held in Ottawa, ON, Canada.
  • Population Distribution - Interview in January 1995 discussing demographic frequency of alleles, and accuracy of PCR in law enforcement. Link to CNN report on OJ Simpson Trial, from expert witness Dr Bruce Weir, Professor of Statistics and Genetics, North Carolina State University, NC.
  • Proficiency Testing - Article presented in 1996, including estimation of error rates in forensic DNA laboratories and critique of NRC II, from law offices in Arlington, VA.
  • STRBase - Short Tandem Repeat database for genetic mapping and identity testing, comprehensively explained and maintained by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD.
  • Survey of DNA Crime Laboratories - Data obtained in 2001 from 110 of the 120 estimated known DNA crime labs as collated, and compared with 1998, by Bureau of Justice Statistics, Washington, DC.
  • True Crimes - Investigations & DNA - Compilation of related links from marketing firm in Olympia, WA.
  • The complexity of DNA testing - News story explaining why identification may takes weeks, in the case of Daniel Pearl after exuming a body in Karachi, Pakistan. - BBC, UK.
  • New York State DNA Data Bank - Report compares two proposals to expand the DNA Data Bank by indexing those offenders convicted of nonviolent felonies and less serious crimes by Office of Justice Systems Analysis, NY.
  • Offender DNA Matches - Article reviewing the forensic testing of DNA recovered from crime scenes, linking offenders to their crimes by referal to the State's DNA Data Bank by the Bureau of Research and Evaluation, NY.

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