Faculty Advisor

Adams, David S.


The purpose of this project is to survey the application, evolution, and social implications of DNA fingerprinting technology. Proper methods of collecting, handling, and storing DNA evidence will be described, along with several recent advances in the field. An investigation into the progression of policy regarding the use of DNA fingerprinting as evidence in court cases since its inception will be described, from the first general acceptance standard of Frye v. US, to the current five-prong standard of Daubert v. Merrell Dow. The uses, and moral and ethical implications of DNA databases will be discussed. Finally, the authors will put forth their own view points about DNA fingerprinting technology.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

August 2010

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology