Forensic use of DNA evidence in the US Court system (with an emphasis on the work of the Innocence Project)

Dr. David Haymer, Dept. of Cell and Molecular Biology
Friday, October 5, 2018 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Bilger 150

Forensic techniques are used in a wide range of areas such paternity testing, crime scene investigations and identification of human remains. In this work the use of DNA testing has emerged as a leading technology for all of forensic science. For this presentation, I will briefly review some early forms of DNA testing as used in forensic investigations, describe in more detail current methods of DNA testing and discuss some future directions that are becoming more and more important in this area. I will also describe the work of the Innocence Project, an international organization dedicated to identifying cases where wrongful convictions have occurred. Here too, DNA testing has been the major contributor to the identification of innocent persons falsely convicted of crimes they did not commit.