La Trobe
1187987_van Oorschot,R_2021.pdf (1.65 MB)
Download file

DNA transfer in forensic science: recent progress towards meeting challenges

Download (1.65 MB)
journal contribution
posted on 08.02.2022, 04:51 authored by Roland OorschotRoland Oorschot, GE Meakin, B Kokshoorn, M Goray, B Szkuta
Understanding the factors that may impact the transfer, persistence, prevalence and recovery of DNA (DNA-TPPR), and the availability of data to assign probabilities to DNA quantities and profile types being obtained given particular scenarios and circumstances, is paramount when performing, and giving guidance on, evaluations of DNA findings given activity level propositions (activity level evaluations). In late 2018 and early 2019, three major reviews were published on aspects of DNA-TPPR, with each advocating the need for further research and other actions to support the conduct of DNA-related activity level evaluations. Here, we look at how challenges are being met, primarily by providing a synopsis of DNA-TPPR-related articles published since the conduct of these reviews and briefly exploring some of the actions taken by industry stakeholders towards addressing identified gaps. Much has been carried out in recent years, and efforts continue, to meet the challenges to continually improve the capacity of forensic experts to provide the guidance sought by the judiciary with respect to the transfer of DNA.

History

Publication Date

07/11/2021

Journal

Genes

Volume

12

Issue

11

Article Number

1766

Pagination

35p.

Publisher

MDPI

ISSN

2073-4425

Rights Statement

© 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).