Faculty Advisor

Adams, David S.


Within the last two decades, the arrival of new technologies such as DNA fingerprinting and databases, have strongly affected society and our judicial system. In criminal cases, different types of DNA fingerprinting techniques have evolved to the point of becoming standard and reliable procedures of personal identification. However, using the best DNA fingerprinting technology is useless if the evidence is contaminated or degraded, so adequate methods of collecting, transporting, and storing DNA are required. This project explores this interesting technology, and also shows the legal path DNA has undergone until finally been accepted as technical evidence in courtrooms. The project also investigates the purpose of DNA databases and their accompanying privacy issues.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

August 2012

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology