Major

Forensic Science

Anticipated Graduation Year

2021 (Saviozzi), 2022 (Stemmler & McCaffrey)

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Restricted Access

Abstract

Traditional forensic DNA analysis analyzes short tandem repeats (STRs), which do not contain genetic information or correlate to phenotypes. Recently, criminal investigators have begun exploring Forensic Genetic Genealogy (FGG) and Forensic DNA Phenotyping (FDP) when traditional methods fail to provide leads. Both technologies use analysis of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) and have ongoing ethical concerns in casework. Even more concerning is the use of these technologies by government agencies against their own citizens, especially minorities. This work introduces the technologies and explores ethical concerns for their use in casework as well as use against Uyghurs in China.

Faculty Mentors & Instructors

Wendy Gruhl, Lecturer, Forensic Science Program

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Emerging Forensic DNA Technologies & Ethical Concerns

Traditional forensic DNA analysis analyzes short tandem repeats (STRs), which do not contain genetic information or correlate to phenotypes. Recently, criminal investigators have begun exploring Forensic Genetic Genealogy (FGG) and Forensic DNA Phenotyping (FDP) when traditional methods fail to provide leads. Both technologies use analysis of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) and have ongoing ethical concerns in casework. Even more concerning is the use of these technologies by government agencies against their own citizens, especially minorities. This work introduces the technologies and explores ethical concerns for their use in casework as well as use against Uyghurs in China.