Forensics, DNA Fingerprinting, and CODIS
Learn more about the current panel of 13 STR markers
used for DNA identification by U.S. law enforcement.
This Nature Education article includes a
discussion of the limitations of DNA profiling and the
ethical issues surrounding forced DNA profiling of
DNA Fingerprinting as Routine Arrest Booking Procedure
Upheld as Anticipated
This Genomics Law Report
article analyzes the recent case challenging DNA
fingerprinting upon arrest, Maryland vs. King,
which reached the Supreme Court. The analysis not only
addresses scientific questions, but the legal arguments
each side made and the ones that eventually figured into
the Court's June 2013 decision. Agree or disagree,
it's a fascinating case!
The Influence of Relatives on the Efficiency and Error
Rate of Familial Searching
In certain cases,
police will pursue a partial DNA profile match with the
assumption that the perpetrator must be related to the
individual who partially matches crime scene DNA.
But, how valid is that assumption? This paper uses
the statistical criteria used by the state of California
in the Grim Sleeper case to investigate how
reliable the criteria actually are at identifying
relatives, and relatives alone, as partial matches.
National Conference of State Legislatures - Forensic
Science Laws Database
Search by policy or by
state to see what kind of laws govern forensic science
and the collection of DNA near you.