I express a special thanks to colleagues and fellow researchers who kindly provided important information and supplied some of the figures for this book. These individuals include Martin Bill, George Carmody, Mike Coble, David Duewer, Dan Ehrlich, Nicky Fildes, Lisa Forman, Ron Fourney, Lee Fraser, Chip Harding, Debbie Hobson, Bill Hudlow, Alice Isenberg, Margaret Kline, Carll Ladd, Demris Lee, Steve Lee, Bruce McCord, Steve Niezgoda, Richard Schoske, Jim Schumm, Bob Shaler, Melissa Smrz, Amanda Sozer, Kevin Sullivan, and Lois Tully. I am indebted to the dedicated project team members, past and present, who work with me at the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology: Peter Vallone, Margaret Kline, Janette Redman, Mike Coble, David Duewer, Jill Appleby, Amy Decker, Christian Ruitberg, and Richard Schoske. It is a pleasure to work with such supportive and hard-working scientists.
Several other people deserve specific recognition for their support of this endeavor. The information reported in this book was in large measure made possible by a comprehensive collection of references on the STR markers used in forensic DNA typing. For this collection now numbering more than 2000 references, I am indebted to the initial work of Christian Ruitberg for tirelessly collecting and cataloging these papers and the steady efforts ofJanette Redman to monthly update this STR reference database. A complete listing of these references may be found at http://www.cstl.nist.gov/biotech/strbase. George Carmody reviewed the statistical materials in Chapters 19-24 and provided many valuable comments.
My wife Terilynne, who carefully reviewed the manuscript and made helpful suggestions, was always a constant support in the many hours that this project took away from my family. As the initial editor of all my written materials, Terilynne helped make the book more coherent and readable.
Since I was first exposed to forensic DNA typing in 1990 when a friend gave me a copy of Joseph Wambaugh's The Blooding to read, I have watched with wonder as the forensic DNA community has rapidly evolved. DNA testing that once took weeks can now be performed in a matter of hours. I enjoy being a part of the developments in this field and hope that this book will help many others come to better understand the principles behind the biology, technology, and genetics of STR markers.
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