Samuel G. Dunn Lectureship in the Medical Humanities
Beyond A Reasonable Doubt: Ethics of
Genetic Genealogy & Law Enforcement
Thursday, April 27, 2023
12:00pm — 1:00pm
Craig Klugman, PhD
Vincent De Paul Professor
Department of Bioethics and Health Humanities
Room 2.220 Health Education Center (HEC)
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“Murdered in 1971. DNA on a cigarette butt solved the case” and “3 cold case murders solved by DNA evidence” are two recent headlines espousing the use of genetic genealogy testing. By taking DNA samples from discarded items and comparing them to criminal and commercial databases, law enforcement has been able to crack crimes long thought unsolvable. While lauded by police and families of victims, opponents cite lack of consent, invasion of privacy, and lack of oversight as reasons against this approach. In this talk, Dr. Klugman will talk about the science, policy, and ethics of this new investigative tool and why you might think thrice about entertainment DNA testing.