How does DNA evidence change when it is integrated with digital technologies? And what happens to digital technologies when are integrated with biology?
The EU-funded project Digital DNA defines an emerging field and provides insights into three sets of developments.
1. Changes in hardware. It investigates how smaller and more mobile hardware influences the production of DNA evidence, and how DNA is used as hardware in computing.
2. Changes in databases and analytic instruments. It studies how a growth in DNA databases and their algorithmic analysis influence the production of DNA evidence, and to what extent digital databases and algorithms are associated with evidence-based reasoning.
3. Changes in information per se. It discusses how the ability to alter DNA influences the production of forensic evidence, and how DNA influences the concept of digital data.
Digital DNA aims to:
Document and explain evidence and evidence-based reasoning in the merging fields of digital innovation, DNA-research and forensics.
Provide novel and detailed insights into the reciprocal influence of digital information, computing technologies, DNA and evidence on an empirical level.
Develop a new understanding of digital information, computing, DNA and evidence, which need to be observed and conceptualized in relation to each other.