Effectiveness of familial searches

Sci Justice. 2008 Dec;48(4):164-7. doi: 10.1016/j.scijus.2008.04.004.


The effectiveness of searching DNA databases for relatives of a profile of interest is examined by simulation and real experiments. The technique is found to be remarkably successful at locating parents, children or siblings in a considerable list of profiles.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Alleles
  • Consanguinity*
  • Databases, Nucleic Acid*
  • Forensic Genetics / methods*
  • Humans