Don’t let them swab you

In a similar vein to yesterday’s post on data, I just noticed this NYTimes story reporting that DNA evidence can be fabricated in a lab to match a target, given a sample of their DNA, or their DNA profile from an earlier sample. Even if it seems expensive and cumbersome to start fabricating DNA evidence to frame people, there are some very interesting legal implications here just from this process being known.
While the article says that they were able to fabricate blood that a testing lab processed as if it were from the target rather than the actual source, one thing it does not comment on is whether, with further or different evaluation, it would be possible to detect that manipulation was performed.
Either way, the clock has now started on the race to see which crime procedural show airs a story based around this first….

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