Faculty Advisor

Adams, David S.


This IQP investigated DNA fingerprinting technology and its effects on today's society. The first chapter traces the history of the discovery and study of DNA, describing its chemical make-up, how it is analyzed, and some key aspects of its analysis in forensics. The next two chapters address the use of DNA in criminal investigations and legal proceedings, touching on several landmark and sensational court cases that set legal precedence or brought DNA to the public's attention. The last chapter describes the rationale of DNA databases and discusses the morality of using these storage vaults of information as they pertain to people's privacy. The authors then offer their own conclusions on this powerful technology.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2011

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology