Webinar: DNA Kinship Testing

The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence recently archived its DNA Kinship Testing Webinar Series, and it is now available for viewing online.


The webinar description explains:

"DNA kinship tests are proposed as a method within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for confirming the presence of a biological relationship between two individuals for immigration purposes, preventing human trafficking, and identifying mass disaster victims. This webinar series discusses the findings from research conducted at The George Washington University (GW) to offer improvements on kinship testing methodologies. This research was supported by the DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T)."

Topics covered include:

• Cost-benefit analysis of kinship testing involving full siblings and half siblings

• Evaluation of the use of DNA analysis for family reunification

• Evaluation of population-specific sibling relationship determination during kinship analysis

• Evaluation of linked markers

You can learn more about this webinar here.

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