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From: Nelda Percival <>
Subject: Re: [DNA-NEWBIE] Fw: A question
Date: Mon, 12 Jul 2010 09:50:27 -0500
This is not a good statement as such..
"So, the best answer is mostly yes BUT forensics does not test at the quality level that genealogy does."
It makes it sound like Criminal investigations don't "quality" test criminals and as such get the wrong person.. Not so..period.
JUST TO CLEAR THIS UP...
Genealogy because of the "NUMBER of MARKERS TESTED" is considered a better quality. Not because of the quality of the testing.
All testing has a "QUALITY" standard it must reach. Whether you test one marker or one million markers.
Nelda L. Percival
SSGT, E6, US ARMY ret.
> Date: Sun, 11 Jul 2010 18:25:16 -0500
> Subject: Re: [DNA-NEWBIE] Fw: A question
> The DNA used for most crime investigations is a panel of 13 autosomal
> STR (short tandem repeat) markers. These are sometimes used for basic
> paternity testing as well.
> Some crime investigations use a panel of Y-chromosome DNA STRs. The
> usual number for a forensic test is between 7 and 17.
> Mitochondrial DNA is used in some cases. It is especially useful
> because it does not break down as quickly as autosomal and
> Y-chromosome DNA. Usually though only a small segment is used.
> Current autosomal DNA tests for genealogy use hundreds of thousands of
> SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms. Genealogical Y-chromosome DNA
> tests use at least 30 STRs. Genealogical mitochondrial DNA tests use
> the complete mtGenome.
> So, the best answer is mostly yes BUT forensics does not test at the
> quality level that genealogy does.
> Rebekah A. Canada
> Volunteer Administrator, Family Tree DNA
> H & HV mtDNA Hg Project
> Q Y-DNA Hg Project, I-P109 Y-DNA Hg Project, Scandinavian Y-DNA Project
> On Sun, Jul 11, 2010 at 6:17 PM, Toni Evans wrote:
>> From: Toni Evans
>> Sent: Monday, July 12, 2010 10:34 AM
>> Subject: A question
>> I am wondering if the DNA taken from genealogists is the same as DNA collected for crimes and particularly medical research.
>> Regards Toni
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