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NYTimes: DNA Evidence can be fabricated...
« on: August 21, 2009, 04:47:33 PM »
Well... Since no one else has yet dared to post this...

It must be true.  It's in the New York Times.   ;-)

DNA Evidence Can Be Fabricated, Scientists Show

By Andrew Pollack
Published: August 17, 2009

Scientists in Israel have demonstrated that it is possible to fabricate DNA evidence, undermining the credibility of what has been considered the gold standard of proof in criminal cases.

The scientists fabricated blood and saliva samples containing DNA from a person other than the donor of the blood and saliva. They also showed that if they had access to a DNA profile in a database, they could construct a sample of DNA to match that profile without obtaining any tissue from that person.

“You can just engineer a crime scene,” said Dan Frumkin, lead author of the paper, which has been published online by the journal Forensic Science International: Genetics. “Any biology undergraduate could perform this.”...

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http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/18/science/18dna.html?_r=1

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Re: NYTimes: DNA Evidence can be fabricated...
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2009, 04:54:07 PM »
This is the operative part JK....nice try, but not applicable to the case of the Romanov remains...
They also showed that if they had access to a DNA profile in a database, they could construct a sample of DNA to match that profile without obtaining any tissue from that person.

The Romanov DNA had not YET been sequenced to have something to match to....

Thus, this is of zero probative weight to the discussion.

Speaking of...where IS that DNA testing of the tooth...its been ever so long now. The costs keep coming down.

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Re: NYTimes: DNA Evidence can be fabricated...
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2009, 05:13:35 PM »
ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha etc.
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Re: NYTimes: DNA Evidence can be fabricated...
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2009, 11:14:54 PM »
It's true that DNA can be fabricated, but the fabrication itself leaves tell-tale traces.  It isn't news, though the NY Times has apparently only just heard  about it. Forensic scientists have been aware of it for some time, and some DNA labs already test for the possibility of the DNA being synthetic, as well as doing many other obscure tests for various sorts of contamination that the general public has never heard of.