Familial DNA: Solving Unsolvable Crimes or Infringement of the 4th Amendment?
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Saturday, July 31, 2010

In light of the recent July 7th, 2010, arrest through a Familial Search of the Los Angeles Serial Killer, known as the Grim Sleeper, several articles have appeared about the ethical issues regarding Familial Searching: finding an individual responsible for crime by searching the DNA database for a possible hit with his blood relatives.

In 2008, David Lazer, Professor and Director of the Program on Networked Governance at the Kennedy School of Government, and Associated Professor of Public Policy, wrote a paper: Searching the Family Tree for Suspects: Ethical and Implementation Issues in the Familial Searching of DNA Databases that highlighted the implementation and policy issues of Familial searching.

Read the article here.


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