Family DNA Searches Seen as Crime-Solving Tool, and Intrusion on Rights
Law enforcement agencies have begun using familial searching, which allows investigators to search offender DNA databases to identify close relatives of crime suspects. Should DNA genealogy databases, such as Ancestry.com, also be subject to search? Proponents say familial searching helps provide leads in difficult cases. Critics argue that this method leads to privacy issues and disproportionately affects African Americans and Hispanics. Read the full article.