Massively parallel sequencing and the emergence of forensic genomics

Defining the policy and legal issues for law enforcement

Nathan Scudder, Dennis McNevin, Sally F. Kelty, Simon J. Walsh, James Robertson

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Use of DNA in forensic science will be significantly influenced by new technology in coming years. Massively parallel sequencing and forensic genomics will hasten the broadening of forensic DNA analysis beyond short tandem repeats for identity towards a wider array of genetic markers, in applications as diverse as predictive phenotyping, ancestry assignment, and full mitochondrial genome analysis. With these new applications come a range of legal and policy implications, as forensic science touches on areas as diverse as ‘big data’ privacy and protected health information. Although these applications have the potential to make a more immediate and decisive forensic intelligence contribution to criminal investigations, they raise policy issues that will require detailed consideration if this potential is to be realised. The purpose of this paper is to identify the scope of the issues that will confront forensic and user communities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-158
Number of pages6
JournalScience and Justice
Issue number2
Early online date12 Oct 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2018


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