Thursday, November 02, 2006

I'm not feeling quite so special any more

Is this true? There's a mildly interesting op-ed piece ( here: We are all suspects now - Comment - Times Online) with a statement that took me aback. It says "statisticians say that eight out of ten people have a DNA “twin” somewhere in the world". Can that be right?

2 Comments:

At 3:24 AM, Anonymous Maxine said...

I hadn't read that anywhere "proper", Susan (the 8 out of 10 figure), and naturally, being a hack, he doesn't give a reference or even a name for that suggestion so impossible to track down.

However it is certainly true that nobody should be convicted of a crime based on DNA evidence alone -- such evidence should form part of a case not a whole case. I think defence lawyers probably know this? (Bit like the breathalyser -- has to be considered with other evidence, eg speeding or erratic driving -- not just on its own.)

 
At 7:15 AM, Blogger Confucious Trevaskis said...

A scary and thought provoking post Susan. It's strange how easily these things can by-pass our consciousness and become the norm.

I'm sure that if someone from the 1950's had been able to take a peek at our world, they would be horrified at what we've come to accept...................

 

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