Faculty Advisor

Adams, David S.


This project was performed to investigate the history and current processes of DNA fingerprinting, and to show how it has affected society. Current types of analyses for DNA fingerprinting were described and discussed. Also, proper procedures that must be used when collecting, transporting, and storing DNA evidence were outlined. An overview of several landmark court cases showed how DNA fingerprinting slowly progressed through the years and eventually was allowed into US courts. Several sensational court cases were also described to illustrate how DNA fingerprinting can be used years after crimes have been committed.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

October 2011

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology