His interests are in statistical problems in forensic science. He consults with forensic agencies in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom and has appeared as an expert witness for DNA and glass evidence, appearing in courts in the United States and Australia.
Are DNA profiles as rare as we think? Or can we trust DNA statistics?
Version of Record online: 18 MAY 2010
© 2010 The Royal Statistical Society
Volume 7, Issue 2, pages 62–66, June 2010
How to Cite
Curran, J. (2010), Are DNA profiles as rare as we think? Or can we trust DNA statistics?. Significance, 7: 62–66. doi: 10.1111/j.1740-9713.2010.00420.x
- Issue online: 18 MAY 2010
- Version of Record online: 18 MAY 2010
DNA evidence is now widely used to link suspects to the scenes of crime. It has determined both guilt and innocence and has transformed forensic science. But there is unease. DNA identifications have been challenged in the courts. Are there too many DNA “coincidences”? Are DNA-based verdicts invalid?James Curran looks at the evidence.