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Is a national DNA database to fight crime in our future?

from By Bambi Majumdar

Are we heading towards a de facto national DNA database to solve crimes? Will our future include a federal law requiring all U.S. residents to provide law enforcement with their DNA profile or volunteer genetic profiles to solve a crime? That future may not be too far away, because some agencies have used DNA information from third-party sites since April 2018. Since that time, DNA searches in consumer genetics databases have allowed law enforcement to make three dozen arrests. These arrests were made with the help of genetic matches between crime scene DNA samples and the genetic profiles shared on consumer platforms. more

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