Improving DNA Phenotyping for Forensics

Krystal Breslin describes the work that she’s doing at IUPUI to discover which SNPs determine eye, skin, and hair color in the hopes of making mug shots available to the police where eye witness testimony is not available.     TRANSCRIPT: My name is Krystal Breslin. I work at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, or […]

Phenotyping – What Can and Should We Predict?

David Ballard of King’s College London describes what phenotyping can accurately predict, the ethical and legal issues surrounding the topic, and the role it should play in solving crime.       TRANSCRIPT: I’m David Ballard. I’m a Research Associate in Forensic Genetics at King’s College London. We’re a group that does both casework, research, […]

The Reality of DNA Phenotyping

It is easy to get excited or frightened about the predictive powers of DNA phenotyping, depending on your perspective. Knowing what genes led to higher intelligence and athletic ability was the first step towards the designer babies of GATTACA. Is this knowledge worth having given the potential for misuse? Going to such extremes with genetic selection makes for […]

DNA Phenotyping: Intelligence and the Judicial Process

Forensic laboratories, for many decades, have adopted a strong focus on the contribution to court outcomes.  However, a significant contribution of forensic science is in the area of intelligence.   Written by: Nathan Scudder, University of Canberra     Predictive phenotyping, or the ability to make predictions about an individual’s traits from their DNA, is […]