DNA Fingerprinting Loci Do Show Population Differences: Comments on Budowle et al.

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Budowle et al. (1994) assert that some of the results in the study by Krane et al. (1992) describing population differences at DNA fingerprinting (VNTR) loci are misleading and "can be ascribed to statistical artifacts" (p. 533). However, Budowle et al. do not support their statements with any statistical tests with P-values, lod scores, or any other rigorous procedures. Indeed, their paper ends just at the point where one would expect a statistical analysis to begin.