October 25, 2016—Dean Mnookin was quoted in a Los Angeles Times
article on the controversial DNA testing method that has helped police locate crime suspects that they struggled to find for years. This method searches an offender database for any family members that may result in a DNA match. Although the method has helped authorities arrest murderers and sex offenders, familial DNA testing raises privacy and ethical concerns.
Dean Mnookin changed her views on the use of familial DNA to find suspects but still has some concerns over the racial disparities found in DNA Databases. “If it’s helping us solve big cases,” Mnookin said, “It seems like a worthwhile trade-off,” says Mnookin.