By Cairenn Binder, Coast to Coast Genetic Genealogy Services   It is critical for investigative genetic genealogy (IGG) practitioners to work in partnership with experts in forensic DNA to ensure that valuable DNA evidence is not squandered in pursuit of a profile for IGG. At times, although it is disappointing, this may mean that the best thing to do is turn down a case. Recently our team was approached by an agency wishing to identify

  Our team is disheartened over the loss of federal protection for women’s reproductive rights afforded under Roe vs Wade. Our fetal remains policy is in place to ensure that CCGG will never participate in the identification of a woman who has suffered a miscarriage or stillbirth or exercised her reproductive rights. We call for other investigative genetic genealogy organizations to take the same actions today.

  What types of DNA are used by investigative genetic genealogists to identify a person of interest in a criminal case or unidentified remains? The one that usually comes to mind is autosomal DNA, which is what most direct-to-consumer testing companies test. However, other lesser-known types of DNA can be beneficial in resolving a case more quickly. Below, we’ll go over the different types of DNA and how they can be helpful in our research.

We are a woman-owned and operated business that supports women’s reproductive rights. As such, we commit to never accepting a case of fetal or preterm infant remains. Additionally, when accepting the cases of infant remains, we will strive to verify a crime has occurred which resulted in the child’s death. As individuals and as a company, we hope to see other IGG organizations adopt these same policies to ensure women who suffer from miscarriage are