Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Planting Fabricated DNA Evidence at Crime Scene Now Possible

Once the gold standard of forensic investigation, DNA testing has now been put into question by Israeli scientists. The NY Times reports that Israeli scientists were able to take someone's blood, extract the DNA-containing white blood cells and then introduce another's amplified DNA extracted from hair. They sent the DNA sample to a top-notch American forensics lab, and guess what? It fooled them.

This means that planting fabricated DNA evidence at a crime scene is now easier to do than planting a fingerprint. Scary stuff.

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