A Litigator's Guide to DNA : From the Laboratory to the Courtroom Hardback
by Ron C. (Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Western Carolina University, Michaelis, Robert G. (Distinguished Visiting Professor (2004-2005) and Adjunct Professor of Law at Ro Flanders, Paula (Program Manager-Senior Attorney, National District Attorneys Association/American Pros Wulff
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A Litigator's Guide to DNA educates both criminal law students and forensic science students about all aspects of the use of DNA evidence in criminal and civil trials.
It includes discussions of the molecular biological basis for the tests, essential laboratory practices, probability theory and mathematical calculations, and issues relevant to the prosecution and the defense, and to the judge and jury hearing the case. The authors provide a full background on both the molecular biology and the mathematical theory behind forensic tests, describing the molecular biological process in simple mechanical terms that are familiar to everyone, and periodically emphasizing the practical, take-home messages the student truly needs to understand. Pedagogical elements such as Recapping the Main Point boxes and valuable ancillary material (Instructors' Manual, PowerPoint slides) make this an ideal text for professors.