CRG Led Forensic Genetics Policy Initiative Publishes Article in the Egyptian Journal of Forensic Science

by jeeg 9. June 2014 18:40
Background The Forensic Genetics Policy Initiative ( is a civil society-led project which aims to set human rights standards for DNA databases around the world, by establishing best practice and involving experts, policy makers and members of the public in open deb... [More]

GeneWatch UK criticized speech by NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens

by jeeg 4. June 2014 19:49
  Genetic information is irrelevant to most people's care GeneWatch UK today criticised a speech by the new NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens, in which he reportedly argued that the NHS must be transformed to make people's personal genetic information the basis of their treatments (... [More]

Warning of hidden risks of releasing GM mosquitoes in Panama

by jeeg 30. January 2014 22:19
GeneWatch UK warned  Wednesday, January 29. that open releases of millions of GM mosquitoes should not take place in Panama until members of the public have been fully informed about the risks. The mosquitoes are produced by UK company Oxitec. GeneWatch also released a draft risk assess... [More]

UK building DNA database in the NHS 'by stealth'

by jeeg 24. May 2013 21:00
The plan, which is backed by British Prime Minister David Cameron, involves sequencing the DNA of everyone in England and adding this information as an attachment to each person's medical file – warns campaigner In April, the Caldicott Committee, including British government chief scien... [More]

Big Data in Biotech Research

by jeeg 10. May 2013 21:01
  The shift from “hypothesis-driven“ to “data-driven” or hypothesis-free research is a major change for medical science. Although much research has always been based on new observations leading to the generation of new hypotheses, the scientific method is rooted i... [More]

Your genetic make up to be stored, without consent, for profit

by jeeg 30. April 2013 20:41
    Dr Helen Wallace, director of GeneWatch UK, warned at a MedConfidential event in London that, beyond electronically storing patient records, the next step for the UK is linking these records with DNA and genetic information on an all-in-one database. It is already public policy,... [More]

A DNA database in the NHS: the end of privacy?

by jeeg 12. December 2012 20:31
The government has announced plans to sequence the whole genomes of 100,000 patients in the NHS. This means every chemical letter in each person's DNA will be stored in their electronic medical records where it can be analysed statistically. Some, but not all, of the proposed group will be cance... [More]

Could better DNA testing facilities in India have saved the Talwars?

by jeeg 11. October 2012 18:17
Over the last decade, the use of DNA tests to solve crimes has seen a significant rise in crime investigation in India. But forensic experts warn that the absence of standard practices, quality checks and regulation has resulted in irresponsible and inaccurate application of the technology.The use... [More]

FGPI travels to India

by jeeg 4. October 2012 21:49
The Forensic Genetics Policy Intiative (FGPI), a project of the Council for Responsible Genetics, GeneWatch UK and Privacy International, is an international project to raise awareness of the privacy and human rights issues associated with the global growth of forensic DNA databases.  FGPI wo... [More]

Proposed DNA database greatly expands scope of surveillance in India

by jeeg 2. October 2012 00:08
A new version of a draft law that proposed to set up a national DNA fingerprint database of criminals, including rapists, murderers and kidnappers, plans to substantially expand the type of offenders it covers to include people convicted of drunk driving and adultery.   The expanded lis... [More]
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