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Operationalising Forensic Genetic Genealogy in an Australian Context

Version 1 : Received: 30 July 2020 / Approved: 1 August 2020 / Online: 1 August 2020 (16:29:22 CEST)

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Journal reference: Forensic Science International 2020
DOI: 10.1016/j.forsciint.2020.110543


Forensic genetic genealogy, a technique leveraging new DNA capabilities and public genetic databases to identify suspects, raises specific considerations in a law enforcement context. Use of this technique requires consideration of its scientific and technical limitations, including the composition of current online datasets, and consideration of its scientific validity. Additionally, forensic genetic genealogy needs to be considered in the relevant legal context to determine the best way in which to make use of its potential to generate investigative leads while minimising its impact on individual privacy. This article presents these issues from an Australian perspective, with the observations and conclusions likely to be applicable to other jurisdictions.


forensic genetic genealogy; investigative genetic genealogy; DNA; forensic DNA



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