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DNA transfer through non-intimate contact

In sexual offence cases where no semen is detected, the presence of female DNA on penile swabs and underwear of the defendant may be put forward to address the issue of whether or not sexual intercourse took place.  However it is known that DNA can

Streamlined Forensic Reporting – the hidden truth

Streamlined Forensic Reporting (SFR) was rolled out nationally in April 2013.  The CPS guidance document states that  “SFR is a revised case management procedure for producing forensic evidence at court, which seeks to reduce unnecessary costs, and delay in the criminal justice system. The process

A Forensic Market in Flux

Over three and a half years on from the closure of the Forensic Science Service, and you might be forgiven for thinking that the market for forensic services would have settled down.  However, it would appear that things are as changeable as ever as budget

What every lawyer needs to know about DNA17 profiling

  The introduction of the new DNA17 profiling technique in July 2014 provided  the biggest change in DNA profiling in the UK for more than a decade. DNA17 replaces the SGMPlus® test for routine forensic casework. As its name implies, DNA17 tests seventeen areas of DNA rather

DNA transfer: a question of when and how

In recent years, forensic science has seen a number of significant improvements in the field of forensic DNA analysis.  One of the drivers has been the need to detect ever decreasing amounts of DNA.  The DNA17 technique, in routine use in the UK since July