Genomic Science in the Judicial System

4 Pages Posted: 7 Jan 2019

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Paul Cottrell

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Date Written: April 7, 2018


Genomic technology has open new possibilities in medicine and our understanding of human development and disease progression. Like all new technologies the regulatory agencies might be behind in terms of proper regulation with the ever-increasing pace of genomic technology. Another interesting development is how genomic science can be used in the judicial system. Genomic technologies can now help to identify human remains and help solve crimes. It has been established that individuals can be identified uniquely via thirteen locations called loci. The probability of anyone having the same thirteen short tandem repeats (STRs) is very low — except for identical twins. Every individual has STRs along their genome. STRs are repeated segments with a particular spatial pattern that are either homozygous or heterozygous. In this essay I explore some of the genomic science utilizing STRs and the judicial system implications.

Keywords: Genomics, Law, DNA

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