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Stanford researchers discover a new way to find relatives from forensic DNA

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Image credit: L.A. Cicero
Oct 17 2018
Fellow, Research, Stanford

It might seem like the only thing anyone could do with forensic DNA is match suspects to crime scenes. After all, agencies like the FBI don’t track the same kind of genetic information as health or ancestry databases like GEDmatch or

But that view is starting to erode. Now, Stanford biologists have shown police could use forensic DNA to track down a suspect’s relatives in genealogy databases that store a different kind of genetic data – and that were never intended for use in police investigations..

Co-author Michael Edge is a 2012 Regina Casper Stanford Graduate Fellow.