"We are sure that DNA: Forensic and Legal Applications will play its part in promoting this most powerful tool in the forensic scientist's armamentarium." -James Watson, PhD -Jan Witkowski. PhD Because it consists of a number of complex steps and procedures subject to both scientific and legal standards, the collection, analysis, presentation, and interpretation of DNA evidence remains a complex process. Any procedural or documentary misstep can potentially render key evidence or testimony useless. To avoid such costly errors, scientists, law enforcement personnel, attorneys, and judges all must possess a detailed knowledge of how forensic DNA works, from the crime scene to the laboratory to the courtroom and beyond. DNA: Forensic and Legal Applications provides the most comprehensive and up-to-date guide to this important and increasingly prevalent legal tool. Designed to reach readers in both legal and scientific fields, this text gives a global view of the practical issues involved in the forensic use of DNA. In clear, nontechnical language, the text covers: A scientific overview of DNA and common DNA tests Techniques used by criminalists on the path from crime scene to final laboratory analysis Procedures used to analyze biological evidence Human genetics, population genetics, and statistics in the context of DNA testing and genetic profiling Understanding and interpreting DNA evidence with respect to past and present law Concepts and procedures used in challenging or defending DNA evidence Postconviction appeals based on analysis of existing DNA evidence, including a discussion of The Innocence Project The future of DNA technology with respect to legal evidence gathering and analysis In a unique combination of legal practice and scientific analysis, DNA: Forensic and Legal Applications provides forensic scientists, potential expert witnesses, and professionals in the criminal justice system with the definitive resource on the methods of DNA analysis as well as the handling, potential, and limitations of DNA evidence.Kobilinsky, Lawrence is the author of 'DNA Forensic and Legal Applications' with ISBN 9780471414780 and ISBN 0471414786.