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Anthropology 2235A/B
Eldon Molto

Lecture 16 – Legislation and the DNA Wars  With the power of DNA for individuation it was decided that new controls and legislation was in order to deal with potential problems  With labs using RFLPs and some STRs the problem of conformity emerged and these were addressed by the National Research Council and the Technical Working Group on DNA Analysis and Methods  NRC I and II  TWGDAM  DNA Databases o Initially attempts were made to develop RFLP databases but quickly STRs were replacing RFLPs o In 1995 the FSS in the UK developed first forensic database o In 1998 FBI launches CODIS (CObined DNA Index System, linking all forensic labs o In 2000 in Canada the National DNA Databank was launched, connected to all labs in Canada and to Codis o These databanks are used to determine random match probabilities
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