FBI review of national database finds errors in DNA profiles

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, in a review of a national DNA database, has identified nearly 170 profiles that probably contain errors, some the result of handwriting mistakes or interpretation errors by lab technicians, while New York State authorities have turned up mistakes in DNA profiles in New York’s database.

The discoveries, submitted by the New York City medical examiner’s office to a state oversight panel, show that the capacity for human error is ever-present, even when it comes to the analysis of DNA evidence, which can take on an aura of infallibility in court, defense lawyers and scientists said.

The disclosure of scores of mistaken DNA profiles at once appears to be unprecedented, scientists said.

Read the full, original story: F.B.I. Audit of Database That Indexes DNA Finds Errors in Profiles

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