How Can Genetic Genealogy Transform Forensic Investigations?

Genetic genealogy describes the use of DNA profiling and family lineages (genealogy) in tandem to deduce how individuals are related. Within the context of forensic science, there is ongoing debate about the value of genetic genealogy in solving cases. Our panel of experts will discuss some of the key talking points including how genetic genealogy could be used in forensic science, its potential benefits, how it may be misused, and important ethical challenges we face with its application.

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Professor Niamh Nic Daeid – Director of the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science at the University of Dundee

Dr Brian Plastow - the Scottish Biometrics Commissioner

Eryk Jan Grzeszkowiak – Genetic genealogist and lecturer at the University College Cork and the University of Limerick

Alyson Leslie – Social work researcher and family historian


The Steps Theatre, Dundee Central Library The Wellgate Dundee DD1 1DB

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