Folder 7 - Next Generation Sequencing

The most recent developments in genetic technology relevant to the uses of forensic genetics in support of investigations and prosecutions is ‘Next Generation’ or Multiple Parallel’ Sequencing.  This advance makes it possible to derive – in one reaction – a much larger volume of genetic information (including ‘medically relevant’ information) from a biological sample, than had previously been possible. Whilst this increased information may be useful in principle, the enlargement of scope raises issues of what such information it is generally permissible for investigators to access, what uses may be made of it, what obligations then exist about securing its confidentiality or its disclosure to relevant others, etc., etc. The papers collected in this folder provide an introduction to these developing issues and questions.