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California Takes Lead on DNA Crime-Fighting Technique by Maura Dolan Jason FelchLos Angeles TimesApril 26th, 2008California will adopt the most aggressive approach in the nation to a controversial crime-fighting technique that uses DNA to try to identify elusive criminals through their relatives. The state will search its database for relatives of unidentified suspects in hopes of developing leads.
Washington Post on DNA Forensicsby Osagie ObasogieBiopolitical TimesApril 22nd, 2008The Washington Post takes a serious look at the social and legal implications of DNA forensics.
DNA Tests Offer Deeper Examination Of Accusedby Rick WeissWashington PostApril 20th, 2008Second generation" forensic genetic tests seek to shed light on the biological traits and psychological states of the accused , in some cases resolving long-standing legal tangles but in others raising new ones.
US set to swell its criminal DNA databaseby Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesApril 17th, 2008The federal government will soon start collecting DNA samples from millions of innocent people.
U.S. to Expand Collection Of Crime Suspects' DNAby Ellen Nakashima and Spencer HsuWashington PostApril 17th, 2008The U.S. government will soon begin collecting DNA samples from all citizens arrested in connection with any federal crime and from many immigrants detained by federal authorities.
Child Abuse: UK Police Want Genes of 5-Year-Old "Future Criminals"by Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesMarch 18th, 2008A top UK police official wants to collect DNA samples from children as young as five.
FBI Prepares Vast Database Of Biometrics$1 Billion Project to Include Images of Irises and Facesby Ellen NakashimaWashington PostDecember 22nd, 2007The FBI is embarking on a $1 billion effort to build the world's largest computer database of peoples' physical characteristics, a project that would give the government unprecedented abilities to identify individuals in the United States and abroad.
A New DNA Test Can ID a Suspect's Race, But Police Won't Touch Itby Melba NewsomeWiredDecember 20th, 2007DNAWitness touches on race and racial profiling — a subject with such a tortured history that people can't countenance the existence of the technology, even if they don't understand how it works.
DNA samples OK for nonviolent felonsby Kim CurtisAssocaited PressNovember 29th, 2007A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that collecting DNA evidence from nonviolent drug offenders doesn't violate their privacy rights.
Genetic Driftby Ziba KashefColorlines (Sept / Oct 2007)October 23rd, 2007The study of human genes has resurged a debate about the nature of race, with dangerous consequences for criminal justice.
First One in the Pool...by Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesOctober 17th, 2007The point, of course, is that in fact not everybody is equally represented in the DNA databases that are rapidly expanding in the United States as well as the UK.
Exoneration Using DNA Brings Change in Legal Systemby SOLOMON MOORENew York TimesOctober 1st, 2007State lawmakers across the country are adopting broad changes to criminal justice procedures as a response to the exoneration of more than 200 convicts through the use of DNA evidence.
They Really Mean EVERYBODY into the Poolby Osagie ObasogieBiopolitical TimesSeptember 21st, 2007A small uproar is brewing in the UK after news that the country’s criminal forensic database contains the DNA of a 7-month-old baby girl.
Foolproof DNA? by Osagie ObasogieBiopolitical TimesAugust 24th, 2007News this week that a World War II airman’s body was found in the Sierra Nevada Mountains raised several families’ hopes that their lost loved ones might have been recovered. Yet little information was found with the unidentified airman; a buffalo nickel, an army uniform, and faded photographs are all investigators have to go by.
200 and Counting for the Innocence Projectby Osagie K. ObasogieBiopolitical TimesApril 27th, 2007The Innocence Project recently reached a remarkable milestone: its 200th exoneration. But it may be tempting to use these 200 stories to justify broadening the use of DNA forensics in criminal justice.
Creative DNA collection raises ethical questionsMSNBCMarch 19th, 2007Police, eager to close cases, secretly trail suspects to get their genetic IDs
Surging DNA Databasesby Osagie K. ObasogieBiopolitical TimesJanuary 25th, 2007USA Today reports that in addition to collecting DNA from persons convicted of serious felonies, the Justice Department is planning to take samples from those violating immigration laws, war on terror detainees, and others accused but not convicted of federal crimes.
CSI Daycare?by Osagie K. ObasogieBiopolitical TimesDecember 5th, 2006Using kits that are available online, at police stations, or at doctors’ offices, parents are swabbing their children’s cheeks and banking their DNA on the off chance that it will help in their rescue or identification in the event of abduction.
Are DNA Databases Being Misused?by Osagie K. ObasogieBiopolitical TimesNovember 10th, 2006Sir Alec Jeffreys, father of modern DNA fingerprinting, recently chastised the UK police for using his work to "creep" upon innocent people's freedoms.
Race and Reification in Scienceby Troy DusterScienceFebruary 18th, 2005The use of the concept of race in pharmacogenomics, forensics, and human molecular genetics continues apace, despite the imprecision of the category and the growing number of voices suggesting caution, and even a "sunset clause" for its continued deployment. The new technologies that can generate SNP patterns and profiles for any population have created an ever growing risk that racial categories will be mistakenly re-inscribed as "genetic." The author urges geneticists to counter this problem actively by the way they report their findings
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