Faculty Advisor

Adams, David S.


This report informs the reader about the importance of DNA fingerprinting and the trials and tribulations of accepting this new forensic science in the courtroom. First it explores the science of DNA fingerprinting, an introduction to DNA, techniques used for fingerprinting, collection, analysis, and storage of DNA evidence. Next the reader is brought into the courtroom, where landmark and sensational cases are examined. Finally, this report investigates the controversial subject of DNA databases, and the impact that this technology will have on the future.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2003

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology