Monday, October 17, 2011

FBI’s DNA database upgrade plans come under fire

Paul Rincon FBI’s DNA database upgrade plans come under fire BBC News (Oct. 16, 2011):
A major upgrade of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) DNA database system has come under fire from members of the forensic science community. The Codis system is used to generate the genetic profiles stored in the US national DNA database. The FBI wants to expand the number of genetic markers used by Codis to classify individual DNA profiles. But a former science chief at the bureau says the plan is not being driven by scientists' needs. Dr Bruce Budowle, along with colleagues Arthur Eisenberg and Jianye Ge, outlined the objections at the Promega 22nd International Symposium on Human Identification (ISHI) in Maryland, US. Another scientist told BBC News the changes were vitally important because they would set down how DNA profiles were recorded in the United States for perhaps "the next 20 years".



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