Academic experts blast back at Forensic DNA Body and Facial Reconstruction

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I was wondering how long someone in the forensic arena would counteract the MSM overblown headlines declaring faces can be predicted by a commercial motivated DNA businesses. That will not stop unregulated law enforcement and the public from taking this premature method into their investigations and then into the courtroom.  The past tells us that false positives from non-validated (meaning: one-off and not replicated ) will be overwhelmed by prosecutorial enthusiasm.

“In the paper1, published on 5 September in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Venter and colleagues at his company Human Longevity, Inc. (HLI), based in San Diego, California, sequenced the whole genomes of 1,061 people of varying ages and ethnic backgrounds…..”

http://www.nature.com/news/geneticists-pan-paper-that-claims-to-predict-a-person-s-face-from-their-dna-1.22580

Here are some of the articles touting this “advance” in criminal investigation.

Building a Face and a Case….NY Times

Accurately predicting the appearance….Parabon Lab

Cops admit the process is “not perfect” but use it anyway.

 

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