Faculty Advisor

Adams, David S.


DNA fingerprinting is a growing technology which is greatly changing law enforcement. The purpose of this project was to investigate this new technology, and to determine its impact on society by analyzing court cases and the ethics of DNA databases. Chapter one presents background information about DNA profiling and fingerprints, chapter two presents methodology on collecting DNA samples. Chapters three and four give information about landmark and sensational court cases, respectively. Chapter five discusses the use and ethics of DNA databases. Chapter six, describes the report conclusion.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2003

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology