Personal Genetics Education Project

In the news: DNA and the criminal justice system

In the days leading up to (and since!) pgEd’s Congressional briefing on personal genetics and law enforcement, a number of news stories related to the use and collection of DNA in the criminal justice system have caught our attention. A few highlights:

Could Detectives Use Microbes to Solve Murders?” by Rob Stein, NPR (September 23, 2013)

Supreme Court Gives Tacit Approval for Government to Take Anybody’s DNA,” by David Kravits, Ars Technica (March 2, 2015)

Two exonerations thanks to DNA:

Article on Angel Gonzales – “Man cleared in ’94 rape walks out of prison as 2nd case dropped,” by Dan Hinkel and Lisa Black, Chicago Tribune (March 11, 2015)

Article on Christopher Abernathy – “Man free after 30 years says ‘It’s just scary to be out,” by Dan Hinkel, Matthew Walberg and Patrick M. O’Connell, Chicago Tribune (February 11, 2015)

Building a Face, and a Case, on DNA,” by Andrew Pollack, New York Times (February 23, 2015)

For coverage of pgEd’s briefing, check out “Personal Genetics and the Law,” by Elizabeth Cooney, HMS News (March 20, 2015)

Looking for more in-depth reading? Check out our complete lesson plan, “DNA, Crime and Law Enforcement.”

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