CSI: Ambiguous Sentences

The New York Times yesterday had a story with the dramatic headline DNA Evidence Can Be Fabricated, Scientists Show, explaining that, well, there are nefarious tricks you can pull to falsify DNA evidence, provided you have access to a high-quality biochemical laboratory. The story is a great boon to conspiracy theorists everywhere, especially with this sentence:

Dr. Frumkin is a founder of Nucleix, a company based in Tel Aviv that has developed a test to distinguish real DNA samples from fake ones that it hopes to sell to forensics laboratories.

“See! They’re selling fake DNA samples to forensic laboratories so they can use them to frame me! It’s right there in the New York Times!”

(A real whack job would, of course, draw on the fact that the group is based in Israel, allowing them to double down with some bonus anti-semitism. I thought about putting that into the quotes above, but the Internet being the Internet, somebody would take it seriously…)