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Book Review: Inside the Cell - The Dark Side of Forensic DNA

By Daniella Gordon

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Inside the Cell
The Dark Side of Forensic DNA

By Erin E. Murphy
Nation Books (2015)


For criminal de-fense attorneys who are only casually familiar with the limitations of for-ensic DNA testing, Erin Murphy’s In-side the Cell will be an invaluable read. Murphy presents a notoriously complex subject in a way that will be digestible to attorneys who do not have a deep background in forensic science and who may very well be intimidated by it. Murphy’s analogies make the highly technical subject matter accessible, while her numerous real world examples of forensic DNA testing failures make it a compelling read for anyone interested in understanding the shortcomings of the field. As she lucidly explains, the breadth and gravity of these shortcomings cannot be overstated.

Inside the Cell is presented in four parts, each containing a wealth of information that can only be superficially summarized here. In the first section, Murphy helps readers become acquainted with

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