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2015 Don Rix Distinguished Keynote Address. Genomics: The Integral Tool of Today's Forensic Science

Oct 20th 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

*The video of this event can be accessed here*

Genome BC is pleased to present Dr. Bruce Budowle as the 6th Annual Don Rix Distinguished Keynote speaker on Tuesday, October 20th at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Dr. Budowle is a renowned forensics expert, who spent 40 years as a senior scientist for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Washington, D.C. He was a principal advisor in efforts to identify victims from the World Trade Center attack in 2001.



For almost 30 years various robust and reliable DNA typing technologies for human identity testing have been implemented. These technologies enable analyses of minute quantities of DNA and provide a resolving power such that in many cases the number of potential contributors of an evidence sample can be reduced to only a few individuals, if not only one source. While successful, there is no end in sight of advancements and applications that may assist in solving crimes and identifying human remains. Today investigative leads can be developed by searching DNA profiles maintained in DNA databases and can have far reaching implications. In addition, new technologies will enhance capabilities – focusing on other targets (such as microbial genomes), improving processes and foremost benefiting society. Massively parallel sequencing is one such tool to enable analysis of more challenging samples, to continue to exonerate the innocent, to enhance abilities to solve crime, to identify missing persons, and to become part of the biodefense network. This presentation will describe three examples of molecular biology and its use in the forensic context. The areas are: 1) databases and kinship to identify suspects; 2) novel sequencing technology to characterize human remains; and 3) microbial forensics. These are only three examples, but they should inform on how forensic science has embraced molecular biology and how broad reaching these capabilities are in helping solve crimes and other applications as well as present privacy issues that will accompany such applications.

Date and Location:

Date: Tuesday, October 20th, 2015
Time: 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre (Parking info)
Cost: Free, registration is required 


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