Faculty Advisor

Adams, David S.


The purpose of this IQP was to examine the fundamental principles of DNA fingerprinting technology, analyzing its growth within both the legal and scientific communities, to provide an effective documentation of the impact of this new technology on society. Various methods used to obtain DNA fingerprints were analyzed, including the proper techniques for handling and storing DNA samples. Several court cases using DNA forensics were explored to document the technical proceedings involved in admittance of DNA evidence into U.S courts. A few court cases of popular notoriety were covered to give readers a frame of reference for DNA fingerprinting and forensics within the media and current events. Ethical issues of privacy stemming from the advent of DNA forensics and databases were examined.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

August 2007

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology