Population Genetics and Statistics in Forensic DNA Analysis

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R - Biology / DNA Program
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Class Description: 

This three-day (24-hour) course will cover basic principles of statistics and probability relevant to key concepts in population genetics and profile frequency estimates of PCR-based/discrete allele systems. We will discuss relevant topics in population genetics and human evolution needed for the assessment of the weight of forensic DNA profiles. Further, topics include the key recommendations of the 1996 National Research Council report, statistical properties of forensic markers, relatives, database searches, and statistics in court. This course is intended for criminalists involved in the analysis of biological evidence. Each class is limited to 30 students.

Dr. Kirk Lohmueller
Teaching Methods: 
Classroom lectures and group discussions
Students will be required to demonstrate their proficiency in practical and written tests
R251 (Short Tandem Repeat (STR) I Analysis and Typing) and R252 (Short Tandem Repeat (STR) II Analysis and Typing)
Pre-course reading materials may be assigned
POST-certified; no cost to State of California-based Law Enforcement agencies. A $360.00 tuition fee will be required of all other public agency, private sector, or out-of-state applicants.
Course Contact: 
Neda Khoshkebari (916) 464-5599, (916)464-0600
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