Finding Criminals Through DNA of Their Relatives

  title={Finding Criminals Through DNA of Their Relatives},
  author={Frederick R. Bieber and Charles Brenner and David Lazer},
  pages={1315 - 1316}
Analyses of the DNA databases maintained by criminal justice systems might enable criminals to be caught by recognizing their kin, but this raises civil liberties issues. 

DNA Typing: A technology of fear

How the use of DNA typing in forensics and immigration, given the current climate of fear, in the quest for a safer world, could legitimize discrimination and give rise to a new apartheid is explored.

The Social and Legal Construction of Suspects

▪ Abstract DNA profiling and searchable databases enhance the ability of policing organizations to search for criminal suspects. In many respects, these technologies are incorporated within

Emerging DNA Technologies and Stigmatization

The core argument is that the application of DNA phenotyping and familial searching in the governance of crime holds the potential to increase risks of stigmatization and reinforce the criminalization of certain populations who are more vulnerable to the actions of the criminal justice system.

DNA Testing in Criminal Justice: Background, Current Law, Grants and Issues

This report provides an overview of how DNA is used to investigate crimes and help protect the innocent. It also reviews current statutory law on collecting DNA samples, sharing DNA profiles

Familial Identification: Population Structure and Relationship Distinguishability

This study defines confidence intervals on estimated likelihood ratios for familial identification and shows that relationship distinguishability increases with the number of markers considered, but decreases for more distant genetic familial relationships.



Turning Base Hits into Earned Runs: Improving the Effectiveness of Forensic DNA Data Bank Programs

  • F. Bieber
  • Law
    Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics
  • 2006
Forensic data banks contain biological samples and DNA extracts as well as computerized databases of coded DNA profiles of convicted offenders, arrestees and crime scene samples, which have been successful in providing key investigative leads in hundreds of criminal investigations.

Inclusiveness, Effectiveness and Intrusiveness: Issues in the Developing Uses of DNA Profiling in Support of Criminal Investigations

Current methods of forensic DNA profiling, based on Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) amplifications of a varying number of Short Tandem Repeat (STR) loci found at different locations on the human genome, are regularly described as constituting the “gold standard for identification” in contemporary society.

DNA Identifications After the 9/11 World Trade Center Attack

The lessons of the attack response from the perspective of DNA forensic identification are reviewed and policies and procedures for future mass disasters or large-scale terrorist attacks are suggested.

Statutory Frameworks for Regulating Information Flows: Drawing Lessons for the DNA Data Banks from other Government Data Systems

The statutory regimes that have emerged for the regulation of the information that the government collects in three different domains – fingerprints, department of motor vehicle (DMV) records, and tax records are examined.

Harvesting Medical Information from the Human Family Tree

The significance of these findings, their correlation with data from the International Haplotype Map Project, and what both data sets mean for understanding complex human diseases caused by multiple factors are discussed.

Population data on the thirteen CODIS core short tandem repeat loci in African Americans, U.S. Caucasians, Hispanics, Bahamians, Jamaicans, and Trinidadians.

Allele distributions for 13 tetrameric short tandem repeat (STR) loci, CSF1PO, FGA, TH01, TPOX, VWA, D3S1358, D5S818, D7S820, D8S1179, D13S317, D16S539, D18S51, and D21S11, were determined in African

Continuities in antisocial behavior and parenting across three generations.

There are between-generation and within-generation continuities in antisocial behavior, although assessment of such continuities is complicated by inevitable design and measurement limitations.