Families and Forensic DNA Profiles (At Law)
The Hastings Center Report 2011, May-June, 41, 3
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Law enforcement officials often turn to DNA identification methods to detect--and rule out--possible offenders. Every state operates its own database of convicted offenders' DNA profiles; some states store profiles of arrested people, too. The Federal Bureau of Investigation maintains a national database of profiles submitted by laboratories across the country. A few years ago, officials came up with a new way to use DNA profiles in forensic identification. Ordinary searches require an exact match between DNA found at a crime scene and a forensic DNA profile. A partial match means that the profiled individual should not be considered a suspect. But partial matches create another possibility: the crime scene DNA may come from a relative of the individual whose profile is in the database.
- Category: Life Sciences
- Published: May 01, 2011
- Publisher: Hastings Center
- Seller: The Gale Group, Inc.
- Print Length: 6 Pages
- Language: English