The Ethics of Using DNA Databases to Solve Crimes

The Ethics of Using DNA Databases to Solve Crimes

Top of Mind with Julie Rose

Immigration Enforcement Crackdown, From Convict to Public Defender, DNA Databases and Crime Solving

Episode: Immigration Enforcement Crackdown, From Convict to Public Defender, DNA Databases and Crime Solving

  • May 10, 2018 11:00 pm
  • 10:43 mins

Guest: Sara Huston Katsanis, MS, Instructor in Science & Society, Duke University The so-called Golden State Killer’s rape and murder spree back in the 1970s terrorized Californians and stumped police. For 30 years, the case ran cold. But then a few weeks ago, police arrested former cop Joseph DeAngelo. Investigators used DNA-matching technology and a public genealogy website to link DeAngelo to the killings. The technique police used offers new promise in solving cold cases, but it also raises some questions about privacy and ethics.

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