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DNA Profiling in Forensic Science

  1. Peter Gill,
  2. Rebecca Sparkes,
  3. Gillian Tully

Published Online: 25 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0001001



How to Cite

Gill, P., Sparkes, R. and Tully, G. 2001. DNA Profiling in Forensic Science. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Forensic Science Service, Birmingham, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 APR 2001


Since 1985, DNA profiling in forensic science has rapidly evolved into an important technique that solves both major and minor crimes. A valuable innovation was the inception of the UK National DNA database that now comprises over 700 000 samples.


  • forensic;
  • STR;
  • mitochondrial DNA;
  • interception;
  • probability