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Forensics Professor Quoted in USA Today

Portrait of Michael Marciano.

Posted on: July 21, 2023

Michael Marciano, research associate professor and director for research at the Forensic and National Security Sciences Institute, was quoted in a USA Today article highlighting "surreptitious DNA collection." This method of DNA gathering involves grabbing publicly available, private DNA off items like abandoned food, soda cans, car doors or cigarette butts, and matching it to DNA found at crime scenes. The process helps authorities connect suspected criminals to a dangerous crime without needing a court order or a warrant since the DNA is found on public property. The article was also featured on Yahoo! News, Yahoo! Canada and several local news websites.