Secret DNA Database

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  1. mnw

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    Recently the BBC news reported on Britain having a secret DNA databse:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4633918.stm

    Apparently 24,000 records are held for youths aged 10-18. The scandal around this seems to be more the fact that these teens were not convicted or even charged with anything.

    Apparently the UK's DNA database is the largest in the world. Well, the largest openly admitted to anyway.

    Now, I do not go in for conspiracy theories in general. But what are the consequences of a nation wide DNA database?

    Economically I guess it could be used to not insure people who have the DNA potential for certain illnesses etc. Or for an employer to refuse to employ someone for similar reasons.

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. KenH

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    This is a terrible idea to treat innocent people this way.
     
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    Oh, I should have been clearer on this. I absolutely disagree with using DNA to refuse insurance or employment. Those are just some of the reasons I have read.
     
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    Why is DNA morally or pragmatically different than other medical history?
     
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    You do realize that the database in the article is not publicly available, so it CAN'T be used by insurance companies/employers to evaluate medical risks?
     
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    I know they are not publicly available yet but it is the way things are heading it seems.
     
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    I personally think it would be great to have a DNA sample on file for every man woman and child in the county....
     
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    The government can keep its grubby fingers off of my DNA unless it has reasonable cause.
     
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    How about for identifying body parts after the next 911 type incident?
     
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    Ever been to the hospital and have blood samples taken? Did the nurse take blood samples from your new born? What ever became of those? Did the hospital return your samples to you or did they catalog them? Can the government get their hands on them?
     

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