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Familial DNA Searching: Issues and Answers

Event Dates
All times are Eastern Time unless noted otherwise.

Familial DNA searching is the practice of creating new investigative leads in cases where DNA evidence found at the scene of a crime strongly resembles that of an existing DNA profile but is not an exact match. Panelists will explain how the technology works, provide examples of successful convictions obtained through familial searches, and discuss the various misconceptions and concerns regarding this practice.

Event Type
Event Option(s)
Online, On demand
National Institute of Justice
Kris Rose
Office for Victims of Crime
Mitch Morrissey, J.D.
Denver, Colo.
Registration Status
Not Required
Open to all
Date Created: March 26, 2014