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Opinion: Want to Stop Crime? Share your DNA

GENETIC PRIVACY—U.S.

March 16, 2010

In a recent interview with "America's Most Wanted" host John Walsh, President Barack Obama spoke of the value of collecting DNA from anyone who is arrested to "continue to tighten the grip around folks who have perpetrated these crimes." Others question the plan, citing the bias against members of certain racial or ethnic groups as reflected in their arrest rates. In a New York Times opinion piece, Michael Seringhaus suggests that a better solution would be "to keep every American's DNA profile on file." He contends that "the genetic privacy risk from such profiling is virtually nil, because these records include none of the health and biological data present in one's genome as a whole...Provided our privacy remains secure, there is no excuse not to use every bit of science we can in the fight against crime." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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