Faculty Advisor

Adams, David S.


This IQP was designed to study the effects of DNA technology and examine its impact on society. The proper collection and storage methods for DNA evidence and the primary techniques for analyzing DNA were described. By documenting several landmark DNA court cases the authors were able to show the progression of legal precedence for admitting DNA evidence into US courts. Sensational DNA court cases were covered to demonstrate to the reader the power of DNA at solving crimes that are decades old, or where all conventional crime solving methods failed. The purpose of criminal and medical DNA databases, and the privacy rights issues surrounding them were discussed. Finally, the authors draw conclusions about this powerful technology.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

August 2011

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology