Is DNA analysis stuck in the past?

A few weeks ago, the Innocence Project of New York (IP) announced that it had helped to release another innocent person from prison. This time it was Gerard Richardson. As The Verge outlined in September, Richardson was convicted of murdering a New Jersey woman in 1994 after a forensic odontologist concluded that the shape of Richardson’s jaw and the orientation of his teeth matched a bite mark on the murdered woman’s back.

After years of legal wrangling, IP was finally allowed to conduct a DNA test to double-check the odontologist’s conclusions. Their goal: to determine whether saliva swabbed from the bite mark in 1994 matched Richardson’s genetic makeup. It didn’t. The odontologist’s conclusion was proven false. Given…

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