Journal article

How convincing is a matching Y-chromosome profile?

Mikkel Andersen, David Balding

Published : 2017


The introduction of forensic autosomal DNA profiles was controversial, but the problems were successfully addressed, and DNA profiling has gone on to revolutionise forensic science. Y-chromosome profiles are valuable when there is a mixture of male-source and female-source DNA, and interest centres on the identity of the male source(s) of the DNA. The problem of evaluating evidential weight is even more challenging for Y profiles than for autosomal profiles. Numerous approaches have been proposed, but they fail to deal adequately with the fact that men with matching Y-profiles are re-lated in extended patrilineal clans, many of which may not be represented in available databases. This proble..

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