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Familial DNA Searching: Issues and Answers

Moderator: Kristina Rose, Deputy Director, National Institute of Justice; Stephen Mercer, Chief Attorney, Forensics Division, Office of the Public Defender, Baltimore, Maryland; Mitch Morrissey, District Attorney, Denver District Attorney's Office; Steven R. Siegel, Director of Program Development, Denver District Attorney's Office

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.

Date Published: June 1, 2011