Faculty Advisor

Adams, David S.


This IQP was undertaken for the purpose of investigating the topic of DNA fingerprinting and its effects on society. Methods for the proper collection and handling of DNA evidence were discussed, as were procedures for the different types of DNA analysis tests. The struggle to allow DNA and other complex technical evidence in courts was highlighted through an investigation of several landmark court cases. The capabilities of DNA fingerprinting as a means of solving crimes were highlighted by reviewing a selection of sensational court cases. The purposes of forensic and medical DNA databases were explained, including the issue of privacy rights. The report culminates in a conclusion on the authors' findings and beliefs regarding this paramount technology.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

August 2011

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology