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The forensic use of DNA profiling

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 26

Patricia Weiser Easteal and Simon Easteal
ISBN 0 642 15760 X ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, November 1990


Although many people regard DNA profiling as a powerful breakthrough in forensic science, questions have been raised as to the scientific validity of its application by individual laboratories. Privacy issues have also been raised. This paper canvases these matters and outlines current knowledge of DNA technology. The authors raise several issues that limit the use of profiling in forensic investigations. They emphasise the importance of establishing national standard techniques and population frequency databases that reflect Australia's ethnic composition.