DNA: Ethics of Forensic Applications and Databanks

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Forensic and Legal Medicine
EditorsJason Payne-James, Roger W. Byard
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780128000557
ISBN (Print)9780128000342
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • DNA databases
  • Ethics
  • Obtaining the sample
  • Regulation
  • Retaining the sample

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