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J Forensic Sci Soc. 1992 Oct-Dec;32(4):301-6.

An investigation of the feasibility of inferring ethnic origin from DNA profiles.

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Central Research and Support Establishment, Forensic Science Service, Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom.


A small experiment is described which uses databases of Afro-Caribbeans and Caucasians to establish the quality of information that might be given to an investigator about the ethnic group of the donor of an unknown crime stain. The results show that the technique can provide qualified indications, but categoric conclusions are not, in general, feasible. An appraisal is given of the technique within the operational context.

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