DNA-evidence needs statistical back-up

11 January 2017 — How do forensic scientists deal with complex DNA-evidence found at crime scenes? Giulia Cereda developed new statistical models to analyse them. PhD defense 12 January.


DNA-evidence is often believed to be a damning evidence, which leaves no space for uncertainty. In reality it is very difficult to say to what degree some piece of evidence can support a case against a crime suspect. That’s why forensic experts need statistical models to give weight to DNA-evidence. PhD-candidate Giulia Cereda developed new models that will be especially useful for rare DNA-profiles in the evidence, and for unbalanced DNA-mixtures.

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