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  NCJ Number: NCJ 238603     Find in a Library
  Title: An Introduction to Familial DNA Searching for State, Local, and Tribal Justice Agencies: Issues for Consideration
  Document URL: PDF 
  Corporate Author: US Dept of Justice, Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative
United States of America
  Date Published: 04/2012
  Page Count: 6
  Annotation: This overview of the science of familial DNA searching and its use in criminal investigations is intended to assist State, local, and tribal justice agencies that are currently or considering using familial DNA searching in criminal investigations.
  Abstract: “Familial DNA searching” involves using CODIS (Combined DNA Index System) to search for DNA profiles that identify a biological family member of a suspect when an exact match for the DNA of a suspected perpetrator cannot be found in CODIS. This would suggest that the perpetrator is biologically related to the person whose DNA is recorded in CODIS. This information is helpful in narrowing the investigation’s focus to the members of a particular family. CODIS, however, is not designed to facilitate such familial searching. This requires States that develop familial search protocols using independently validated methods and programming. A familial DNA search is based on the number of shared genetic characteristics (i.e., alleles) and the rarity of those shared alleles in human populations. Unlike a search for a direct match, a familial search will allow for matching subsets of alleles at any given genetic markers as a basis for comparison. Because alleles in humans are inherited in a one-for-one relationship from the father or mother, close relatives of a targeted perpetrator can be expected to share more alleles, especially rare alleles, than would unrelated individuals. A familial search relies on mathematical modeling specific to the DNA database being used. This overview outlines considerations in implementing a familial search protocol.
  Main Term(s): Police policies and procedures
  Index Term(s): Suspect identification ; Forensics/Forensic Sciences ; Investigative techniques ; DNA fingerprinting
  Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Grant Number: 2010-MU-BX-K019
  Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
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United States of America

US Dept of Justice, Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative
810 Seventh Street, NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
  Type: Instructional Material
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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