Maryland Considers Limits on Forensic Genetic Genealogy – March 29, 2021

I saw this yesterday in an e-mail from IAJGS: http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2021RS/bills/hb/hb0240T.pdf. As I wasn’t online much yesterday, I planned on posting as the first post for today.

I saw this later last night on The DNA Geek https://thednageek.com/maryland-moves-to-regulate-forensic-genealogy/. Dr. Larkin explains it much better than I could. Given enough time, I may be able to explain it as well as she did. However, I read through her explanation and found I agreed with almost all of her comments.

I agree it’s a good starting point for other states to consider. I think it’s important to have judicial oversight as very few judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement officers are knowledgeable about DNA. Would be nice if neutral third parties could provide expert advice.

About Wichita Genealogist

Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi. Live in Wichita, Kansas now. I suffer Bipolar I, ultra-ultra rapid cycling, mixed episodes. Blog on a variety of topics - genealogy, DNA, mental health, among others. Let's collaborateDealspotr.com
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