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Match Point: How A Denver Rape Probe Got The FBI To Change Policy And Release Kinship DNA

Publication Date: 
December 01, 2006
Mark Hansen

The debate in this article is whether it should be admissible to allow using related DNA for crime investigation. Hank Greely is quoted in several paragraphs.

Henry T. Greely, a professor of law and genetics at Stanford University, says the legal and policy arguments for not doing such searches are that they may reveal family secrets; they may violate promises of privacy or confidentiality to those who gave DNA samples voluntarily; they may invade the suspects’ privacy, particularly if the person hasn’t been convicted of any crime; and they may put people at risk of being investigated simply because they have a relative who has been convicted of a crime. And he says those arguments are all quite weak. ...