Webinar: Decoding the Laboratory Options for Genetic Genealogy

For over four decades, the Golden State Killer eluded capture–until 2018, when a revolutionary tool known as forensic genetic genealogy (FGG) unmasked him as 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo. Using genome-wide testing to generate a comprehensive DNA profile, FGG helps narrow down a pool of suspects by linking them to relatives who have submitted their own DNA samples for genetic genealogical analysis. Since 2018, FGG has been deployed for lead generation in over 200 suspect cases around the world. This free three-part webinar equips genetic forensics professionals with information about what cases are best suited for FGG, what labs and prosecutors will face when they take these cases to court, and which technologies are best for generating a genetic profile for FGG analysis.




We close our series on Wednesday, May 25th at 10:00am CDT/11am EDT/4pm GMT with “Decoding the Laboratory Options for Genetic Genealogy”.


In this session of this series, Danny Hellwig, Laboratory Director at Intermountain Forensics, will present on the methodologies to know in this paradigm-shifting development in forensic DNA. FGG can be a tremendously effective method for tracking down leads, but they can demand a mastery of the instrumentation, processes, and profiles used in generating genetic genealogy results. For forensic DNA experts, these technologies can be unfamiliar. A DNA analyst, technical leader, and operational leadership expert, Hellwig contextualizes the forensic DNA community’s knowledge of targeted SNP assays, microchip-based DNA testing, and the multitude of whole genetic sequencing options available.


In this session, you will learn about:

  • Pros and cons of various laboratory instrumentation, processes, and profiles
  • A big-picture view of FGG bridging the forensic DNA and genealogy research communities
  • Targeted SNP assays, the use of microarrays, and other genome sequencing options
  • Cross-professional technologies and methodologies


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