# Chances of two people having the same DNA?

by Superposed_Cat
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 P: 248 There are only a finite number of combinations of DNA that one can have while still being human so my question is what are the chances of two people having the same DNA?
 P: 1,049 Here they say 1 in 10^9, excluding identical (monozygotic) twins: http://dnafingerprinting19.tripod.com/ This article goes into the details: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DNA_profiling
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 Quote by UltrafastPED Here they say 1 in 10^9, excluding identical (monozygotic) twins: http://dnafingerprinting19.tripod.com/ This article goes into the details: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DNA_profiling
But dna fingerprintting is done only at a few loci (edit-13 it seems for CODIS http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DNA_profiling )

Just for fun-
Going solely by wiki searches and high school math-
Assumption-1) individuals are unrelated.
2) All neucleotides are equally likely for a particular position. (don't know if that's valid...screws up the gene pool big time...)
3x10^9 base pairs
99.9% of these are same
3x10^8 base pairs
There are 3 nucleotides GTA
Ways of arranging three nucleotides in 3x10^8 long sequence=
3x10^8!/g!t!a!
Where g+t+a=3x10^8
The equation has ##\binom {3*10^8 +2}{2}## integer solutions.
4.5*10^16
Let a solution be ##(g_i , t_i , a_i)##
So-
##{\sum^{4.5*10^{16}}_{i}} ( 3x10^8!/g_i!t_i!a_i!)##

Don't know if it can be simplified through math further...but probability should be somewhere around 1 by more than 1 billion*...(too lazy to code Mathematica...don't know if its even possible...anyway computer's freaking slow...would take ages to cough up an answer for a calculation of this scale)

EDIT: mmm...interesting article...
http://articles.latimes.com/2008/jul/20/local/me-dna20
-slightly biased arguments but seems worth scrutiny...

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## Chances of two people having the same DNA?

 Quote by Enigman ...but probability should be somewhere around 1 by more than 1 billion*...
Which is what it said in the references provided above ... though if the 13 loci are treated as independent, larger values are obtained. The Wikipedia article provides details as to why these larger numbers are not reliable.

 Quote by Enigman mmm...interesting article... http://articles.latimes.com/2008/jul/20/local/me-dna20 -slightly biased arguments but seems worth scrutiny...
I am white, mostly of northern and western European descent, but with some Lakota blood; I also have black and oriental relatives of various shades ... just because two people look different does not mean that they are not related!

Besides, identity requires 13 matches, not 9. So this article appears to be a defense lawyer type attack on the general validity of DNA profiling. The actual weaknesses are in the areas of contamination (see Wikipedia article again), and circumstances. There are many reasons why DNA may be present ... good police work will provide more evidence such as means, motive, and opportunity - without these any case is weak.

The long history of fingerprint identification has similar issues: how did the fingerprint get there? If it appears on a cartridge shell found at the scene of the crime the next question should be: is this the home of the person who owns the gun which fired it? Is this the weapon involved in the crime? Was the incident a crime? Thus the fingerprint alone, nor the associated DNA are insufficient evidence.
 P: 248 Are fingerprints enough?
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 Quote by Superposed_Cat Are fingerprints enough?
Enough for what? Having known several sets of identical twins, I would say that neither DNA or fingerprints would have been enough for them. Having known them fairly well, I could also conclude that if one was involved, so was they other ... so in that case either _might_ be enough, but the circumstances also need to be considered: method, motive, opportunity.

Read any Sherlock Holmes story ...
 P: 1,049 Here is a conviction with no fingerprints or DNA, but only one person's eye witness testimony: http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-i...#axzz2kAA8kk7Q When the police and prosecutors want to close a case, they may go too far ... who is watching the watchers?
 Other Sci Sci Advisor P: 1,317 By sequencing the DNA from various individuals, scientists have found 15 million single nucleotide polymorphisms, 1 million short insertions and deletions, and 20,000 structural variants (The 1000 Genomes Project Consortium). Assuming each of these sites of variation has only two alleles and that none are synthetically lethal, this puts an estimate of the possible combinations from randomly assorting these variants at 2^(1.6x10^6) or 10^480000.
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Quote by UltrafastPED
 Quote by with regard to The men matched at nine of the 13 locations on chromosomes, or loci, commonly used to distinguish people. The FBI estimated the odds of unrelated people sharing those genetic markers to be as remote as 1 in 113 billion. But the mug shots of the two felons suggested that they were not related: One was black, the other white
.Besides, identity requires 13 matches, not 9.
Actually many cases are such that where only a partial match is possible due to degradation.
And that's acceptable in court http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DNA_pro...e_DNA_profiles
 Quote by UltrafastPED Enough for what? Having known several sets of identical twins, I would say that neither DNA or fingerprints would have been enough for them.
Actually fingerprints are different for identical twins (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twin#Ge...tic_similarity) and DNA might be different too (http://www.scientificamerican.com/ar...-not-identical)
 Having known them fairly well, I could also conclude that if one was involved, so was they other ... so in that case either _might_ be enough,
Er...sorry ? How does a character witness implicate one twin with the other?
 Read any Sherlock Holmes story ...
Read only Doyle's; others are pure rubbish...Eg. http://www.youngsherlock.com/

 Quote by UltrafastPED Here is a conviction with no fingerprints or DNA, but only one person's eye witness testimony: http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-i...#axzz2kAA8kk7Q When the police and prosecutors want to close a case, they may go too far ... who is watching the watchers?
A case illustrating the opposite: conviction based only on DNA evidence presented (fallaciously according to http://plus.maths.org/content/os/iss...dnacourt/index but I don't think the 'correct' interpretation would have affected much.) and all other evidence supporting innocence: