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Greg Hampikian

By: Cienna Madrid   Published 7:31 am / October 31, 2017


Portrait of Greg Hampikian

Greg Hampikian

Professor
Department of Biology
College of Arts and Sciences

Greg Hampikian was quoted in an article titled “5 Exonerated in China Based on Mitochondrial DNA Hair Analysis,” published in Forensic Magazine.

“China is using forensic DNA, but had not been giving defendants even the basic information needed to understand or evaluate supposed DNA matches,” Hampikian stated in the article. “DNA reports – like all evidence – can be faked, exaggerated or misinterpreted. Without data, DNA is meaningless.”

Hampikian explained that it was a significant case in Chinese legal history because his team insisted on the DNA data used to convict them, which the state refused to provide.  “The judges sided with us and freed them,” he said.