The Dark Side of Forensic DNA

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If you watch “C.S.I.,” you know about DNA. Just a few cells from a blood stain, a light switch, even a toothpick, is enough to identify the bad guy, or set the innocent free. At least, that’s how it works on TV. In real life, it turns out that what we think of as infallible evidence may not be so reliable. Madeleine speaks to the author of a new book about the dark side of DNA.

Credits

Guest:
Erin Murphy - Expert in DNA forensics and a law professor at NYU. She’s the author of the new book “Inside the Cell: The Dark Side of Forensic DNA.” - @erinmurphyslaw

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Matt Holzman, Anna Scott, Jolie Myers, Christian Bordal, Ryan Kailath