Over-sampling DNA in Rhode Island

by jeeg 2. June 2014 19:33
  A bill before the Rhode Island General Assembly would give law enforcement sweeping new powers to collect DNA from people placed under arrest. The legislature should refine this measure, which both overreaches and provides insufficient safeguards for the innocent. The proposed measure, re... [More]

deCODE going door to door for your DNA

by jeeg 16. May 2014 02:29
  First they came for my DNA...   Last week more than 100,000 Icelanders found big envelopes in their mailboxes, sent by the Icelandic biotech company deCODE. The envelope (pictured) contained materials to collect DNA.  Iceland's official search and rescue team is b... [More]

Iceland Search And Rescue Team Is Coming For Your DNA!

by jeeg 16. May 2014 02:26
  I was flipping through Fréttablaðið on Wednesday morning when a particular article plus two full-page ads caught my eye. ‘This is crazy!’ I thought, as I read the headline, “Collecting DNA Samples From 100,000 Participants In deCODE Research.” &... [More]

DNA deal reached in Christa Worthington murder case

by jeeg 7. May 2014 22:15
  State police will destroy electronic data containing the profile of a former Provincetown man's DNA that was collected during a highly publicized murder investigation, according to a settlement reached in Suffolk Superior Court. Keith Amato filed suit in 2008 alleging that the state polic... [More]

From Volunteers, a DNA Database

by jeeg 29. April 2014 21:40
  Abigail Wark wants to see your areolas. But only if you are a participant in the Personal Genome Project, a research effort to find 100,000 volunteers as research subjects in the public domain — contributing data from their genomes, microbiomes, health records, tissues and more. Th... [More]

IHREC Designate calls for stronger human rights safeguards in Ireland’s DNA Bill

by jeeg 23. April 2014 23:01
  The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission designate (IHREC designate) today published the Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC's) observations on the Criminal Justice (Forensic Evidence and DNA Database System) Bill 2013 (2013 Bill). The IHREC designate acknowledges the potential of a ... [More]

Maryland police DNA tactics again at issue in top courts

by jeeg 11. April 2014 18:34
An Anne Arundel County man who was found guilty of a burglary based in part on DNA evidence asked a state appellate court Thursday to throw out his conviction, arguing that police improperly kept his genetic information in the database they used to link him to a Coke can from the crime scene. Geo... [More]

New law limits DNA collection in Idaho

by jeeg 9. April 2014 16:15
In a legislative session filled with controversy and tension, one bill made it through the legislature without one dissenting vote. Senate Bill 1240a, written by Republican Senator Jim Rice, Democrat Senator Elliot Werk, and Republican Representative Lynn Luker, aims to protect Idahoans' privacy by... [More]

Court keeps DNA law, but suit still alive

by jeeg 21. March 2014 20:46
  A federal appeals court says California can continue to enforce its voter-approved DNA law, which requires police to take genetic samples of anyone arrested for a felony. But — to the relief of a Bay Area political protester and other opponents of the law — the court says ... [More]

House Rejects Expansion Of Oklahoma's DNA Database

by jeeg 6. March 2014 18:19
A plan to require people facing trial for certain crimes to submit DNA samples to law enforcement has been rejected by the Oklahoma House, despite an emotional plea from the bill's author. On Wednesday, the House voted 51-35 against the bill by Stillwater Republican Rep. Lee Denney... [More]
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