MP for Hornsey and Wood Green
It’s a while since I’ve written about Low Copy Number (LCN) DNA testing, but the news today that – as a result of the Omagh bomb trial – the use of this technique is to be reviewed (see BBC story for details) is welcome.
As I wrote previously, “LCN DNA should only be used cautiously – and only with corroborating evidence”, and as I put it in an article on the dangers of DNA databases and the like, it is highly risky to place your faith in technology always working flawlessly: “As investment goes in, a commercial imperative is involved and as DNA increases its aura of infallibility – will the police (or the public, when the information is ‘conveniently’ leaked?) believe those who say they weren’t at the crime scene even though their DNA was? And how long before corroborative evidence becomes less necessary?” (read the rest of the article here).