|Title of host publication||Encyclopedia of Forensic and Legal Medicine|
|Editors||Jason Payne-James, Roger W. Byard|
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 4 Nov 2015|
The ethics of forensic applications and databases of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) relate to obtaining of the sample and its retention, testing the sample, and using the results. These issues have domestic and international character. As a general observation, this is an area of science where the technology has generally been in advance of regulatory oversight. The recent destruction by the UK Government of over 7 million samples whose profiles are on the National DNA Database is a welcome recognition of this, and has established a high standard for other countries to follow.
- DNA databases
- Obtaining the sample
- Retaining the sample