[Popgenlunch] [EvolSyst] Re: forensic phylogenetics

Joe Felsenstein joe at gs.washington.edu
Wed Nov 17 12:09:56 PST 2010

Dick said --

>> (Dustin Lennon had said)


>> Wow. It's kind of terrifying that phylogenetic inference is now

>> admissible as evidence in court.


> I presume this was said tongue in cheek. If not, I would simply

> point out that phylogenetic reconstruction is a pretty well accepted

> method of scientific inference. It's use in previous HIV/AIDS court

> cases is well documented.

Dustin's comment, which ended up being to EvolSyst but not to PopGenLunch,
*was* tongue in cheek.

He did raise an interesting question, though. If the method used in these
cases were Bayesian (actually it wasn't), what prior to use? Let's see a
"presumption of innocence" is ... what prior probability of guilt?

Joe Felsenstein joe at gs.washington.edu
Department of Genome Sciences and Department of Biology,
University of Washington, Box 355065, Seattle, WA 98195-5065 USA

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