Folder 5 - Forensic DNA Databasing

‘Familial searching’ of DNA databases is a very significant development within the scientific and operational repertoire of forensic genetics. It may be used whenever searches of forensic DNA databases fail to establish an exact match between the DNA profile obtained from biological material collected at a crime scene and a profile obtained from a known individual. In the absence of such exact matches, ‘partial matches’ may suggest that the crime scene sample originates from a relative of the individual(s) with whom partial matches have been made. This folder contains a number of ethical, social legal commentaries which have considered the origins, development and reception of DNA familial search techniques used to support the investigation of major crimes in an increasing number of criminal jurisdictions.


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