|MadSci Network: Other|
Olivia, Pure sciences like math and physics are not subjective. There are rules, and the numbers add up or they don't. But biology is somewhat subjective in the interpretation of the data. And unfortunately, undertrained, inexperienced analysts can make mistakes in the interpretation of data, and this includes hair comparisons, microscopic analysis, and even interpretion of DNA data. That's why the defense can hire experts of their own to go over the data and make sure that the results are accurate. Unfortunately, there have been dishonest analysts that have lied on the stand about results. Why they would do this is anybody's guess and thankfully, there aren't many like that. Most analysts understand that the most important thing they can take into court with them is their integrity. If they lose that, they don't have anything left. I hope that this helps Olivia and good luck in your career. Regards, Dale L. Laux Forensic Scientist
Try the links in the MadSci Library for more information on Other.