Study Finds DNA Can Be Easily Faked and Planted to Implicate Anyone in Crime

August 18, 2009

Israel (ChattahBox) – Researchers in Tel Aviv have found that DNA evidence isn’t as reliable as previously thought.  Nucleix, a company that has been working towards developing a test to help distinguish between real and fake DNA samples, has found that it is relatively simple to construct a strand of DNA, or a sample.

Not only can a saliva or blood sample be constructed easily using a bit of DNA, such as from a cigarette butt, but you can genetically construct a DNA sample using the coding that may already be on file.

The findings are worrying in the extreme, with a justice system that regularly uses DNA evidence as a way of sealing suspects and closing cases.

According to the researchers, ‘any biology undergrad student’ could construct fake DNA.

“DNA is a lot easier to plant at a crime scene than fingerprints. We’re creating a criminal justice system that is increasingly relying on this technology,” American Civil Liberties Union researcher, Tania Simoncelli, told The New York Times.

There are a number of implications that can be drawn from these findings, and all of them are disturbing.

But DNA continues to be one of the leading methods of evidence used by police and prosecutors. Now that technology is increasing, that may have to change.


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