[ExI] dna ethics question

Kelly Anderson kellycoinguy at gmail.com
Mon May 5 22:42:23 UTC 2014

On Mon, May 5, 2014 at 10:27 AM, spike <spike66 at att.net> wrote:

> >... They probably haven't bothered so far, as the 23andMe database is not
> big enough yet...
> On the contrary sir.  Between 23andMe and Ancestry.com, those databases are
> approaching a million proles and are growing rapidly.  They would make very
> valuable tools for bagging perps.

If only one in a hundred people were in a database like this, it would be
helpful to law enforcement. They could look for a perp in a family of
hundreds of people rather than in the entire population. As to it being
male centric, rape is primarily a male predilection and that's a case where
DNA is very likely to be helpful in capturing said bad guy.

The interesting question is how long will it be before they collect
everyone's DNA, not just those who have in some small or large way
intersected with the criminal justice system.

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