Faculty Advisor

Adams, David S.


The purpose of this IQP was to inform the reader about the growing technology of DNA profiling, and to discuss how this powerful technology affects today's society and our justice system. As background, this IQP described each step of creating DNA fingerprints. Also, procedures on how to find, collect, and store DNA evidence were described. DNA court cases that laid the foundation for the inclusion of complex technology in the justice system were explained, as were a few sensational cases which has made the process of DNA fingerprinting famous. Last, this IQP discusses the controversies caused by DNA databases and the ethics of DNA fingerprinting.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

August 2008

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology