Forensics: Can DNA predict a face? Courtroom application years away. Police buy it anyway.

facial sketch

Descriptive but not an over enthusiastic prediction of a novel attempt to revolutionize the future of “fighting crime.”  The writer properly spells out the commercially developed DNA method as “skimpy” on validity.

“In truth, the science for conjuring a person’s appearance from DNA remains a little skimpy. Facial features may be shaped by hundreds or thousands of genes — each with very tiny effects.”

A police agency in FLA has spent $4500 on a composite sketch.

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/can-dna-predict-face

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Dr. Michael Bowers is a long time forensic consultant in the US and international court systems.
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