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DNA doubts.

Apparently DNA fingerprinting is not as foolproof as we may have been led to believe. Hmm…

‘However, Prof Jeffreys said the increasing number of records being held on the UK police database, currently about 2.5m, meant that having only 10 markers per person was no longer foolproof. He suggested 15 or 16 markers to reduce the chances of two people having the same profile to one in more than a trillion. American law-enforcement authorities are already considering changing the profiles in their DNA databases along these lines.’

Red – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.

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