Family Ties: Using Genetic Genealogy to Solve Violent Crime
Monday September 23rd, 2019 // 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Registration fees include breakfast and lunch.
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.
- Understanding of issues related to SNP and whole genome testing on crime scene samples
- Understanding the use of centiMorgan values to help determine relatedness between two individuals
- Exposure to family tree building and websites utilized to find genetic genealogy clues
- Appreciation for legal issues and best practices to balance public safety with privacy concerns
Forensic scientists, investigators, attorneys, genealogists
Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of the use of nuclear DNA for forensic identification
Senior Forensic Scientist, Orange County District Attorney’s Office
Since 2010, Jody has been a Senior Forensic Scientist for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office as their local database administrator and general DNA expert in their DNA Unit.Submit Questions