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DNA Databanks and Genomics Research: Forensic and Military (Ab)uses

  1. Robin Williams

Published Online: 15 JUL 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005859

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How to Cite

Williams, R. 2008. DNA Databanks and Genomics Research: Forensic and Military (Ab)uses. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. University of Durham, Durham, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2008

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Abstract

Efforts to identify criminal suspects and the bodies of those killed during military combat and mass disaster have been greatly supported over the past two decades by the availability of databanks holding DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) samples and profiles obtained from known subjects. Such resources are made possible by scientific advances, legislative changes and substantial state investment. Although there is strong public support for these uses of genetic and information technologies, critics also argue that they also pose problems for individual liberties.

Keywords:

  • DNA databank;
  • short tandem repeats;
  • forensics