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Forensic genetics futures and ethical considerations

The use of an individual’s DNA for any inference by a third party has to be considered most seriously prior to any use. Informed consent is essential for many purposes where DNA is being analysed but ethical considerations must be are the foremost consideration when developing new investigative genetic processes whether for criminal justice or civil matters, before then continuing to validate the techniques to particular evaluative standards and consider cost-benefit and associated risks. The group has been interested in pursuing new forensic techniques for several years, as part of the European-funded Forensic Genetics Network of Excellence (Euroforgen:NoE) and subsequently in collaborations with others interested in clear communication and a robust ethical approach to new development and as a member of the Home Office Biometrics and Forensics Ethics Group (BFEG) in which we have considered new forensic genetics approaches, such as the use of genetic genealogy.


To engage with partners in the UK and across Europe to provide informed debate and publications on matters associated with the use of genetics in a forensic setting.