Collecting and using DNA
Prior to beginning this activity, Review the required resources:
- Debating DNA collection (Links to an external site.)
- The legal, social and ethical controversy of the collection and storage of fingerprint profiles and DNA samples in forensic science (Links to an external site.)
- Big Brother and his science kit: DNA databases for 21st century crime control?
- Genealogy databases and the future of criminal investigation (Links to an external site.)
The collecting and using DNA paper should address the following elements:
- Differentiate the scientific processes for different types of trace evidence.
- Summarize the ethical challenges involving DNA databases.
- Analyze the legal issues related to pre-conviction collection of DNA samples.
The collecting and using DNA
- Must be approximately 1,000 words (approximately four double-spaced pages in length, not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Writing Center (Links to an external site.).
- Must include a separate title page with the following:
- Title of paper
- Student’s name
- Course name and number
- Instructor’s name
- Date submitted
- Must use at least two scholarly, peer reviewed, and/or credible sources in addition to the course text and required resources.
- Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in the Writing Center.
- Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Writing Center.
Dutelle, A. W. (2017). An introduction to crime scene investigation (3rd ed.). Retrieved from https://www.vitalsource.com/
- Chapter 9: Trace Evidence
- Chapter 10: Blood and Biological Evidence
- Berson, S. B. (2009). Debating DNA collectionLinks to an external site.. National Institute of Justice, 264. Retrieved fromhttp://www.nij.gov/journals/264/pages/debating-DNA.aspx
- Michael, K. (2010, June). The legal, social and ethical controversy of the collection and storage of fingerprint profiles and DNA samples in forensic scienceLinks to an external site.. 2010 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society.doi:10.1109/ISTAS.2010.5514654
- Ram, N., Guerrini, C. J., & McGuire, A. L. (2018). Genealogy databases and the future of criminal investigationLinks to an external site.. Science (New York, N.Y.), 360(6393), 1078–1079. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aau1083. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6542732/
- Tracy, P. E., & Morgan, V. (2000). Big Brother and his science kit: DNA databases for 21st century crime control? The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology (1973-), 90(2), 635-690. doi:10.2307/1144232
- U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General. (2014, September 9). Advancing justice through DNA technology: Using DNA to solve crimesLinks to an external site.. Retrieved from: http://www.justice.gov/ag/advancing-justice-through-dna-technology-using-dna-solve-crimes