Faculty Advisor

Adams, David S.


The purpose of this project was to investigate the impact of DNA fingerprinting on society. We explored various DNA-typing techniques as well as DNA forensics and the steps investigators are taking to prevent contamination. Landmark and sensational court cases were also researched to determine the legal ramifications of this interesting scientific technique. We conclude that DNA fingerprinting is a powerful technique that is extremely reliable if DNA evidence is collected, stored and tested properly.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2003

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology