FLT #5 – Forensic Investigative Genetic Genealogy – Part I October 11, 2023 @ 1 PM ET Branching Out - The Use of FIGG in Forensic Investigations; From the Science to the Solutions
About This Series
The Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) has joined forces with Wiley to present a series of virtual educational seminars for forensic scientists.
The series will cover a range of topics important to this community highlighting the most recent methods and best practices in areas such as forensic chemistry (covering spectroscopy, microscopy, and other techniques), toxicology, trace evidence, DNA analysis, and many more.
Please Note: Previous Forensic Lab Talk participants must register below to attend this Virtual Seminar.
Professor, Founding Director of FIGG, University of New Haven, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice & Forensic Sciences
University of New Haven
Branching Out – The Use of FIGG in Forensic Investigations; From the Science to the Solutions
Forensic Investigative Genetic Genealogy (FIGG) is a rapidly advancing field that has gained widespread attention in recent years through its use in generating investigative leads in unresolved violent crimes and unidentified human remains cases. FIGG broadens the field of forensic genetics by combining advanced DNA technologies with genealogical research for the purposes of human identification in forensic investigations. This seminar will address the scientific foundations of FIGG by exploring key concepts such as the DNA sequencing technologies available and the principles of genetic genealogy and kinship analysis to identify genetic relationships between individuals. The overall workflow involved in a FIGG investigation will be covered, highlighting the key steps and methodologies employed, with a focus on best practices for each step. Associated ethical and privacy concerns will be discussed, emphasizing the need to protect both public safety and individual privacy rights. Overall, this seminar aims to foster a balanced understanding of the scientific principles, key steps in the workflow, and guidance for the responsible use of FIGG in criminal investigations.
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