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ASSESSING THE IMPLICATIONS FOR CLOSE RELATIVES IN THE EVENT OF SIMILAR BUT NONMATCHING DNA PROFILES

David R. Paoletti, Travis E. Doom, Michael L. Raymer and Dan E. Krane
Jurimetrics
Vol. 46, No. 2 (WINTER 2006), pp. 161-175
Published by: American Bar Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/29762928
Page Count: 15
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ASSESSING THE IMPLICATIONS FOR CLOSE RELATIVES IN THE EVENT OF SIMILAR BUT NONMATCHING DNA PROFILES
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Abstract

A complete match between the STR DNA profile of an evidence sample and that of an individual included in a database of profiles of convicted offenders has clear utility as an investigative tool. Very similar but nonetheless nonmatching DNA profiles also can provide useful information by suggesting that a close relative of the individual may be the source of the evidence sample. This article describes a general framework for determining the relative likelihood that an individual's close relative is the source of an imperfectly matching DNA profile.

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