Thursday, 4 February 2010

Smart Alec

Geneticist Sir Alec Jeffreys, the developer of DNA fingerprinting and profiling told
the House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee that he was "astonished, perplexed and deeply worried" about the existing management policy of the National DNA Database. See Kable.
Sir Alec added that innocent people should be taken off the database and that he would object profoundly if his own DNA was put onto the system.

"DNA is intimately different to fingerprinting, it carries incredibly intimate information about who you are, where you're from and your family," said Jeffreys. He made reference to a recorded suicide due to an innocent person's shame at being on the database and pointed out that the likelihood of a false match "was not zero".

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