The Ethics of Using DNA Databases to Solve Crimes
Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 809 , Segment 3
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.