Population Genetics and Statistics in Forensic DNA Analysis
This three-day (24-hour) course will cover basic principles of statistics and probability relevant to key concepts in population genetics and profile frequency estimates of PCR-based/discrete allele systems. We will discuss relevant topics in population genetics and human evolution needed for the assessment of the weight of forensic DNA profiles. Further, topics include the key recommendations of the 1996 National Research Council report, statistical properties of forensic markers, relatives, database searches, and statistics in court. This course is intended for criminalists involved in the analysis of biological evidence. Each class is limited to 30 students.