Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Bulletin: LGC Forensics: (UK): Devon man wrongly linked to rape of woman in Manchester; Company calls it "human error".

STORY: "DNA blunder: Man accused of rape after human error," published by BBC News on 21 March, 2012."

GIST: "A forensic science firm which wrongly linked the DNA of a Devon man to the rape of a woman in Manchester has said the blunder was down to human error...The company said in a statement: "The forensic science regulator has agreed with LGC Forensics that the root cause of the contamination was human error in the incorrect re-use of plastic trays as part of the robotic DNA extraction process. "New processes have been introduced to prevent such an error happening again and 26,000 samples that have been processed since the robotics were introduced in March 2011 have been checked to ensure they had not been contaminated. "This checking is now complete and no other cases of contamination have been found."



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