Phylogenetics of HIV Used as Forensic Evidence in Court
Forensic Phylogenetics is a scientific technique used to compare different disease strands in order to discern which of the strands is the parental strand. This technique is used in forensic science when a malicious transmission of diseases has occurred between two individuals. This type of evidence has increasingly been used within the last decade in court to help convict people for the transmission of HIV. This technique is still considered very new in the field of forensic science, and many question whether or not it should be allowed as evidence. The goal of this thesis is to determine if this piece of forensic evidence should be admissible in court. This thesis will specifically look at the positives and the negatives of forensic phylogenetics in relation to cases involving HIV transmission.