Workshop

Family Ties: Using Genetic Genealogy to Solve Violent Crime

Monday September 23rd, 2019 // 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Early Registration (before July 15, 2019)$225
Standard Registration$250

Registration fees include breakfast and lunch.

Description:

Since the arrest of Joseph DeAngelo, dozens of cases in the U.S. have been solved using Investigative Genetic Genealogy (IGG). This workshop, led by key personnel from the Golden State Killer case, includes three components: 1) overview of DTC SNP and whole genome testing methods, instrumentation and bioinformatics 2) demonstration of genealogical databases, family tree building and use of common websites, and 3) discussion of best practices including the introduction of an MOU developed by Californian prosecutors. Attendees will develop a holistic understanding of IGG and receive material that enables them to educate their respective communities on this revolutionary tool.

 

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Understanding of issues related to SNP and whole genome testing on crime scene samples
  2. Understanding the use of centiMorgan values to help determine relatedness between two individuals
  3. Exposure to family tree building and websites utilized to find genetic genealogy clues
  4. Appreciation for legal issues and best practices to balance public safety with privacy concerns

 

Intended Audience:

Forensic scientists, investigators, attorneys, genealogists
Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of the use of nuclear DNA for forensic identification

Speakers

Margaret Press

Co-founder, DNA Doe Project

Margaret Press, PhD is the co-founder of the DNA Doe Project, a non-profit corporation dedicated to identifying John and Jane Does through genetic genealogy.

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