Faculty Advisor

Adams, David S.


The purpose of this IQP was to investigate DNA Fingerprint Technology and its effects of society. Different procedures for DNA Fingerprinting were described, as well as the many uses of this technology, leading into the forensic applications and the collection and preservation of samples. Landmark court cases were discussed showing a progression of acceptance of complex scientific evidence in the courtroom. A few notable DNA media cases were described as a reference to the power of the technique. Finally the ethical issues of DNA databases were discussed focusing on the main concern of genetic privacy, an important issue affecting the growth of DNA database technology.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

October 2007

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology