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Conversations in Conflict Studies presents: Michael A. Marciano

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"The Evolution of Forensic DNA Analysis: Exploitation of Biological Signatures for Geosourcing High Value Targets." The application and utility of DNA analyses to law enforcement and national security issues have altered the landscape of investigative and prosecutorial approaches. Those agencies whose primary mission is to target and eliminate threats to security have become increasingly reliant on biological targets for establishing the identity of humans and infectious agents. The past decade has been marked by significant technological advances in the use of DNA-based investigative intelligence, resulting in more effective means to identify these targets. However, limitations inherent in both communities have hindered the transition of next-generation DNA analysis methods. Law enforcement continues to lag behind advancements in biotechnology due to both resource deficiencies and high levels of public scrutiny, whereas defense and intelligence agencies face challenges in successful technology transition despite active engagement in research and development. A highly disruptive and innovative environment exists at the intersection where the needs and limitations of each group meet, and the research community consequently plays the role of gatekeeper. Research scientists with a practical knowledge of the operational complexities faced by the end-users may provide an optimal setting for successful collaborations and technology transitions. Sponsored by PARCC - Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration.

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