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New York Examines Over 800 Rape Cases for Possible Mishandling of Evidenceby Joseph GoldsteinThe New York TimesJanuary 10th, 2013The review underscores that DNA evidence, widely perceived as providing nearly irrefutable proof of guilt or innocence, is subject to human error.
German Federal Court Bans Mass Genetic TestingDeutsche WelleDecember 20th, 2012A German court has ruled that evidence from voluntary mass genetic testing cannot be used against participants' family members.
DNA Ancestry Testing: What Can it Say about Native American Identity?by Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesDecember 20th, 2012The question of who belongs to what Native American tribe is rife with political, social, and legal implications. Do DNA ancestry tests provide answers or add another layer of misunderstanding?
A DNA Database in the NHS: The End of Privacy?by Helen WallacePublic Service EuropeDecember 12th, 2012Governments, police, journalists, employers, insurers and even nosy neighbours would inevitably get access to personal information about medical conditions and non-paternity if a DNA database is built in the National Health Service.
Plans for NHS Database of Patients' DNA Angers Privacy Campaignersby Jamie DowardThe Guardian (UK)December 8th, 2012"This Big Brother project will allow every individual and their relatives to be identified and tracked."
The Jury is Out on Nationwide DNA Databaseby Peter StannersThe Copenhagen PostDecember 1st, 2012Questions remain about whether a nationwide DNA database would help solve more crimes or simply be an ineffective drain on police resources.
DNA Forensics Update by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesNovember 28th, 2012The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to consider a potentially significant case about police collection of DNA from suspects rather than criminals; and forensic DNA databases round the world continue to proliferate.
The Million Veteran Program: Building VAís Mega-Database for Genomic Medicineby Joel Kupersmith and Timothy O'LearyHealth AffairsNovember 19th, 2012A mega-database of genomic and clinical information about veterans that launched last year now includes 40 Department of Veterans Affairs' medical centers.
Should We Screen Kidsí Brains and Genes To ID Future Criminals?by Gary MarchantSlateOctober 17th, 2012Intervention might help save troubled kids. But the label could doom them.
DNA Analysis: Far From an Open-and-Shut CaseForensic evidence is widely considered to be the result of purely objective lab tests, but there's growing proof that psychological bias plays a partby Vaughan BellGuardian [UK]October 13th, 2012DNA forensics can become less a case of "matching barcodes" than one of deciding whether any one of the numerous and disjointed "barcode fragments" seem to fit the original.
Citing Privacy Concerns, U.S. Panel Urges End to Secret DNA Testingby Sharon BegleyReutersOctober 11th, 2012In response to companies that offer genome sequencing from such discarded items as cigarette butts, the President's bioethics commission stresses privacy concerns and suggests a ban on "surreptitious commercial testing."
Man accused of rape was innocent victim of DNA sample mistakeby Wesley JohnsonThe Independent [UK]October 1st, 2012The contamination was the result of human error, and the procedures themselves were not adequate. Many laboratories fall short of accepted standards.
Proposed DNA Database Greatly Expands Scope of Surveillanceby Jacob P. KoshyLive MintOctober 1st, 2012In India, a draft bill proposes to expand the reasons for which people's DNA can be collected and stored indefinitely by the state.
Thousands of ex-offenders targeted in drive to add to DNA databaseby Sandra LavilleThe GuardianSeptember 27th, 2012The profiles of thousands of innocent people who have been arrested but not convicted of any crimes remain in the UK's police DNA database.
Federal Judges Reconsider Police Collection of DNAby Emily StehrBiopolitical TimesSeptember 20th, 2012A federal court of appeals will decide the fate of a California law requiring that police take DNA samples of anyone arrested on suspicion of committing a felony.
California and the Fourth Amendment[Editorial]The New York TimesSeptember 18th, 2012The New York Times editorializes on California's law requiring police to take DNA samples from people arrested but not yet convicted of felonies: "It is unconstitutional."
Federal Appeals Court to Hear Challenge to California DNA Collection Lawby Howard MintzSan Jose Mercury NewsSeptember 16th, 2012The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging a California law that permits DNA collection from felony arrestees.
Science, Standards and Forensics: Part III by Brandon L. GarrettHuffington PostSeptember 9th, 2012If we are going to use forensics to put people in prison for years, Congress should pass legislation to make forensics far more of a science.
Where Is the Path Forward for Forensics? Part II by Brandon L. GarrettHuffington PostSeptember 7th, 2012Problems abound with DNA forensics and have led to numerous wrongful convictions, but so far, scientific recommendations have been ignored by Congress. What is the path forward?
Forensics on the Hill: Part I by Brandon L. GarrettHuffington PostSeptember 5th, 2012Donald Eugene Gates' fate was sealed by two stray hairs and he spent nearly three decades in prison, before his innocence was finally proven. How often is DNA forensics wrong?
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