Faculty Advisor

Adams, David S.


The purpose of this IQP was to investigate the complex technology of DNA fingerprinting, and document the impact of this relatively new technology on society via legal and ethical issues. Although it has been called the greatest forensic tool in the history of forensic science, the acceptance of DNA fingerprinting technology in courts was not a straightforward process. By looking at how DNA was discovered, how the DNA forensics made its way into the legal community, and at how it is currently used in forensic science, we will show that DNA forensics has become an accepted science.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2003

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology