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  • Recently President Obama announced a new program to create a pool of DNA samples from

  • one million volunteers. This would be just one of many government run DNA databases around

  • the world, ones proposed for a variety of well meaning reasons, like healthcare and

  • preventing

  • crimes. But many people are worried that thisprecision medicineis the ultimate example

  • of

  • Big Brother and another step in ending privacy for good. So, are DNA databases worth it?

  • The first DNA database was started in the UK in 1995. Soon, other countries followed

  • suit. A

  • 2008 Interpol study of 149 countries found that 54 nations had a national DNA database

  • and

  • 26 others planned to start one. For the most part these databases started as a way to track

  • and

  • catch criminals. And it’s worked. Using its own DNA database, the US’s FBI has helped

  • solve

  • innumerable crimes. These cases have even exonerated innocent people who were facing

  • execution. And Chinese police have also set up a DNA database that has connected over

  • 2,000

  • kidnapped children with their parents.

  • But, the effectiveness of using DNA is not what people are concerned about. It’s how

  • large

  • these databases are growing.

  • Originally, DNA was only collected from people who were convicted of crimes. However now,

  • in countries like the United States, DNA samples are taken from people even if they are simply

  • suspected of or questioned about a crime. This has grown the FBI database into the largest

  • in

  • the world, with more than 3.5% of the country’s DNA on file.

  • If Obama’s new DNA program is deemed a success then it’s not unthinkable that one day

  • most of the population’s DNA will be filed by the government. Advocates of the scheme

  • suggest

  • that the general population shouldn’t be fearful of the new proposal as the database

  • would

  • only be utilized to support healthcare initiatives and catch criminals. But while this could

  • mean

  • crimes are easier to solve, experts worry that mismanagement of such a system could

  • leave the

  • database open to hackers. And others sceptics are concerned that supporting the new program

  • is one step closer to mandatory DNA samples for every man, woman and child in the country.

  • What do you think about DNA databases? Should all countries adopt them? Let us know in the

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なぜ政府はあなたのDNAを欲しがるのか? (Why Does the Government Want Your DNA?)

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    Cheng-Hong Liu に公開 2021 年 01 月 14 日