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Blood Evidence

Blood Evidence:
How DNA is Revolutionizing the Way We Solve Crimes
by Henry Lee, Frank Tirnady


Forensic DNA Analysis

An Introduction to Forensic DNA Analysis
by Keith Inman, Norah Rudin


Forensic DNA Typing

Forensic DNA Typing:
Biology and Technology Behind STR Markers
by John M. Butler


DNA Fingerprinting

DNA Fingerprinting:
The Ultimate Identity
by Ron Fridell


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And The Blood Cried Out

 

And the Blood Cried Out:
A Prosecutor's Spellbinding Account of the Power of DNA
by Harlan Levy
Hardcover, 223 pages
Published by Basic Books
Publication date: August 1,1996

Blood Evidence

Blood Evidence:
How DNA is Revolutionizing the Way We Solve Crimes

by
Henry Lee, Frank Tirnady
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published by Perseus Publishing
Publication date: March, 2003

DNA Fingerprinting

 

 

DNA Fingerprinting:
The Ultimate Identity

by Ron Fridell
School & Library Binding: 112 pages

Published by Franklin Watts, Incorporated, Feb 2001
ISBN: 0531118584

 
DNA Fingerprinting
(Impact Books)
by Christopher Lampton
School & Library Binding
Published by Franklin Watts
Publication date: October 1991

Brent's notes: DNA fingerprinting has got to be one of the worst phrases ever coined, even though some of the lazier experts wind up using it because it's a useful analogy when it benefits them. When I hear the phrase DNA fingerprinting, I think of a chocolate bicycle: I know what chocolate is, and I know what a bicycle is. But a chocolate bicycle makes absolutely no sense whatsoever, from a functional perspective.

Card catalog description: Examines the procedures and uses of DNA fingerprinting as a method of identification in forensic science.

 

 

DNA in the Courtroom:
A Trial Watcher's Guide
by Eric Swenson, Howard Coleman
1 Edition Paperback, 131
Published by Genelex Pr
Publication date: June 1,1995

 

 
DNA Is Here to Stay
(Cells and Things)
by Frances R. Balkwill, Mic Rolph (Illustrator)
Library Binding
Published by Carolrhoda Books
Publication date: February 1993

Card catalog description: A simple explanation of what DNA is and what it does in the body.

 

 
DNA and Other Polymorphisms in Forensic Science
by Henry C. Lee, Gaensslen R.E. (Editors)
Hardcover
Published by Year Book Medical Pub
Publication date: March 1990

Brent's notes: I got this book at Powell's technical books in Portland back in 1992 before I even knew who these fellows were. Now, as Dr. Gaensslen reminded me on a number of occasions, he did not write this book. It has many chapters written by many competent minds. It was my first highly technical exposure to DNA. And you know what? I understood it.

I understood it better after listening to Doc G. and Henry lecture on it over and over again while getting my masters, but this book really prepared me. Although it is the kind of book that has paragraphs that must be reread to be fully understood (at least for me). But even as a non-lab person, it was worth it for me.

 

 
DNA Profiling:
Principles, Pitfalls, and Potential:
A Handbook of DNA-Based Evidence for the Legal, Forensic and
Law Enforcement Professionals
by Simon Easteal, Neil McLeod, Ken Reed
Hardcover
Published by Harwood Academic Pub
Publication date: September 1991

Book News, Inc., 05/01/92: Australian scholars of genetics, law, and agricultural biotechnology, present a handbook of DNA-based evidence for the legal, forensic, and law-enforcement professions. Explains to non-scientists how the genetic material in tissue residues is analyzed to provide direct identification of an individual. Describes the principles and procedures, the scientific aspects and legal implications of obtaining tissue samples, and problems that can arise in interpretation. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

 

 
DNA Technology in Forensic Science
National Res Council,
Committee on DNA Technology in Forensic science
Paperback, 185 pages
Published by Natl. Academy Pr
Publication date: July 1,1992

Brent's notes: Beware the word "committee." A Syrian friend of mine had a wise saying: "A jackass is an Arabian horse built by a committee."

But seriously, we all need to know this stuff.

Book News, Inc., 02/01/93: Surveys the growing practice of matching DNA from crime scenes with that of suspects. Offers recommendations for such issues as the reliability and quality of DNA typing, standardization, and certification; and considers broader concerns such as the different levels of understanding by judges and juries, population genetics, and rights of privacy concerning DNA data and samples. Includes a glossary without pronunciation. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

 

 

Evaluation of Forensic DNA Evidence:
Update on Evaluating DNA Evidence
Hardcover
Published by Natl. Academy Press
Publication date: December 1996

 

Forensic DNA Typing

 

Forensic DNA Typing:
Biology and Technology Behind STR Markers

by John M. Butler

Hardcover: 322 pages
Published by Academic Press, Feb 2001
ISBN: 012147951X

 

 

An Introduction to Forensic DNA Analysis
by Keith Inman, Norah Rudin
2nd Edition Hardcover
Published by CRC Press
Published in December, 2001

REQUIRED TEXT FOR Forensic DNA 101

Brent's notes: Excellent book and a first rate online course.

Norah Rudin, PhD, is a Forensic DNA Consultant. Keith is with the California Department of Justice DNA Laboratory, and six years as Lab Director prior to that. Both are excellent, intelligent people with an experienced, applied grasp of the role of the Forensic Sciences in our criminal justice system. You may want to visit their Forensic Education and Consulting web page.

Description: DNA analysis has its roots in classical genetics, biochemistry, and molecular biology; however, it has recently found itself in an unlikely arena: a court of law. How can judges, juries, and others with little or no scientific training hope to comprehend the specifics of the highly technical fields of molecular biology and genetics? Introduction to Forensic DNA Analysis translates these concepts into plain English so that lay-people can gain insight into how DNA analysis works, from sample collection to interpretation of results.
This book emphasizes the advantages and limitations of various DNA techniques used in the analysis of forensic evidence. The authors discuss forensic DNA issues from both a scientific and a legal perspective, and they present the material in a manner understandable by professionals in the legal system, forensic science, and law enforcement. Coverage includes:
  • Key terminology used in the field
  • The scientific basis of DNA typing
  • Statistical interpretations of DNA typing
  • A summary of court decisions and admissibility standards

A set of 68 slides, taken from photos and illustrations in An Introduction to Forensic DNA Analysis, is available directly from the authors. $150.00 (plus applicable California state tax and shipping).

 

 

Mind over Murder:
DNA and Other Forensic Adventures
by Jack Batten
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published by McClelland & Stewart
Publication date: October 1,1996

 

 
Sourcebook in Forensic Serology, Immunology, and Biochemistry
by Dr. Robert E. Gaensslen
Paperback
Published by Natl. Inst. of Justice/Ncjrs
Publication date: December 1983

Brent's notes: I actually have this book. Well, what I have is more of a spiral bound photocopy version I got at UNH. But it is very thick and full of foundational information regard most of the standard related tests and lab procedures and how they are done and what they mean. It also has an excellent index.

 

 

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