DNA Data Collection and Analysis in the Forensic Arena

Sydnie Grabell, Noam Shomron*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Recent scientific advancements in the field of genetics have fostered significant changes for the criminal justice system. Growing National DNA databases, public DNA databases, private direct-to-consumer (DTC) DNA testing companies, and improvements in next-generation sequencing (NGS) have resulted in effective methods for tracking down criminals and exonerating the innocent. While these recently discovered and profound techniques seem to provide benefits, their use in forensic detection has become subject to harsh legal opposition. Ultimately, should law enforcement be permitted to analyze DNA found at crime scenes and DNA that has accumulated in national, public, and private databases to aid in their investigations, or are individuals’ privacy rights breached in the process?.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMethods in Molecular Biology
PublisherHumana Press Inc.
Number of pages14
StatePublished - 2021

Publication series

NameMethods in Molecular Biology
ISSN (Print)1064-3745
ISSN (Electronic)1940-6029


  • DNA
  • Data collection
  • Forensic DNA
  • NGS


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