Forensic Genetic Genealogy Educational 3-Part Webinar Series
For over four decades, the Golden State Killer eluded capture--until 2018, when a revolutionary tool known as forensic genetic genealogy (FGG) unmasked him as 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo. Using genome-wide testing to generate a comprehensive DNA profile, FGG helps narrow down a pool of suspects by linking them to relatives who have submitted their own DNA samples for genetic genealogical analysis. Since 2018, FGG has been deployed for lead generation in over 200 suspect cases around the world. This three-part webinar equips genetic forensics professionals with information about what cases are best suited for FGG, what labs and prosecutors will face when they take these cases to court, and which technologies are best for generating a genetic profile for FGG analysis.
Part 1: An Inside Look at the Facts and Fiction Surrounding Genetic Genealogy
In Part 1 of the series, Steve Busch, a veteran FBI Special Agent, and Steve Kramer, the FBI's in-house counsel of 20 years, bring years of experience in FGG. As co-founders of the Bureau's FGG team, they can offer a unique perspective on this exciting new method of lead generation. Kramer assembled and led the team that solved the Golden State Killer case, and Busch was a key architect of the FBI's national FGG program. Now representing Indago Solutions, Kramer and Busch cover the fundamentals of FGG and its rise as a leading method of investigation.
Steve Busch, CEO, Indago Solutions
Steve Kramer, Co-founder, Indago Solutions
Part 2: Closing the Genealogy Gap: From Extraction to Prosecution
In Part 2 of this series, Rachel Oefelein will present a step-by-step guide from DNA extraction through prosecution of Forensic Genetic Genealogy (FGG) cases. Ms. Oefelin will address how to generate a profile suitable for genealogy upload, the bridge between generating genealogy data and genealogy research, confirming investigative leads with STR comparison, and expert witness testimony as it pertains to cases that utilized FGG.
Rachel Oefelein, Director of Research and Innovation, Quality Assurance
Manager, and a Senior DNA Analyst, DNA Labs International
Part 3: Decoding the Laboratory Options for Genetic Genealogy
In Part 3 of this series, Danny Hellwig of Intermountain Forensics, will present on the methodologies to know in this paradigm-shifting development in forensic DNA. FGG can be a tremendously effective method for tracking down leads, but they can demand a mastery of the instrumentation, processes, and profiles used in generating genetic genealogy results. For forensic DNA experts, these technologies can be unfamiliar. A DNA analyst, technical leader, and operational leadership expert, Hellwig contextualizes the forensic DNA community's knowledge of targeted SNP assays, microchip-based DNA testing, and the multitude of whole genetic sequencing options available.
Danny Hellwig, Laboratory Director, Intermountain Forensics
Wednesday, May 25, 2022