For years, people have used ancestry and genetic testing to find more about themselves – their heritage, their birth parents, a child they’ve given up for adoption, even predictions about predisposition to health conditions. The advent of current day direct-to-consumer testing companies now provides a convenient way for individuals to access their genetic information from the comfort of their own homes.
To illustrate the relationships among individuals, a genealogist traditionally combines DNA analysis with results obtained through public record searches to build out family trees. This technique is not new. What has recently come under great scrutiny, however, is the way this information is currently being utilized by law enforcement to identify criminal suspects in unsolved or cold cases.
Upon completion of this 8 hour course, the student will become familiar with:
The differences between ancestry, familial searches, forensic genealogy, investigative genetic genealogy (IGG)
DNA and why it’s so valuable to the forensic investigation
Current terminology: STR analysis, sequencing, SNPs, CODIS, informed consent Genotyping vs Phenotyping
Candidate cases for IGG: unidentified human remains, criminal investigations
Steps involved when using IGG to identify a person of interest
Popular direct-to-consumer companies and their policies for addressing law enforcement requests
Ethical issues, privacy issues, 4th Amendment rights
Misconceptions, ramifications and limitations
Major cold cases that have been solved using IGG
To register for this course, please contact the Center for Applied Forensics at Jacksonville State University, Ft. McClellan, Alabama.