by Dr. Hsien-Hsien Lei
Posted August 27, 2007 in DNA and the Law
- Some people are giving false names when their DNA is collected.
- There are spelling errors, incorrect addresses, and other inaccuracies.
- DNA profiles from over 150,000 innocent children are still on the database.
Shami Chakrabarti, the director of civil rights group Liberty:
It is bad enough that we have a DNA database stuffed with innocents not charged with any offence, containing too many children and too great a percentage of ethnic minorities.
Not to be flippant about this very serious issue, but it reminds me of Starbucks fake names. Given my own unusual name, I don’t know why I’ve never used a “latte name.” I guess I shouldn’t start when or if my DNA is ever collected.
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