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Forensic genealogy – From finding a blood relative to solving a shocking crime

Since its introduction in the mid-1980s, forensic DNA testing has played an important role in the criminal justice community. And not just on your favorite CSI TV series. The technology has real-life applications that help with many aspects of the world.

It has aided the conviction of the guilty and exoneration of the innocent. Remains from missing persons and victims of mass disasters have been re-associated and identified through linking reference samples to recovered remains.

DNA analysis provides capabilities not found in most other forensic disciplines. And it’s clear this is only the beginning. In this podcast, go inside the fascinating details of what DNA testing can do, from finding a blood relative to solving horrific crimes.

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Forensic DNA analysis has been used by law enforcement for years to help solve some of the biggest crimes. But with the rise of DNA analysis and forensic genealogy companies such as 23andMe, Ancestry and Genomelink, some ethical questions must be answered.

In this episode of Komando on Demand, Kim explores how law enforcement uses forensic DNA analysis to solve notorious criminal cases as well as the ethics and privacy issues of DNA data banks.

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