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How Useful is DNA-Based Face Phenotyping?

By August 1, 2019 No Comments

A recent Slate article examines DNA face phenotyping, the sketching or re-creating of a criminal suspect’s face based on DNA samples. Even though “the scientific community still doesn’t know much about how genes express themselves in forming a person’s face,” this technique is likely to grow in popularity as an investigative tool. According to the article, the ACLU “has advised against using face phenotyping ‘for any serious purpose’ in criminal investigations, warning that the technique produces ‘baseless information’ that could ensnare innocent people, especially if police aren’t fully aware of its limitations.”