1. ESRC Genomics Network (archive)
  2. Gengage
  3. The Human Genre Project

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Health and Wealth, Law and Order: Banking DNA Against Crime and Disease

Richard Tutton

Date

2010

Publication type

Book chapters

Journal

Genetic Suspects: Global Governance of Forensic DNA Profiling & Databasing

Publisher

Cambridge University Press

ISBN

9780521519434

PP

85-104

Author(s) or editor(s)

Author

Text

As DNA forensic profiling and databasing become established as key technologies in the toolbox of the forensic sciences, their expanding use raises important issues that promise to touch everyone's lives. In an authoritative global investigation of a diverse range of countries, including those at the forefront of these technologies' development and use, this book identifies and provides critical reflection upon the many issues of privacy; distributive justice; DNA information system ownership; biosurveillance; function creep; the reliability of collection, storage and analysis of DNA profiles; the possibility of transferring medical DNA information to forensics databases; and democratic involvement and transparency in governance, an emergent key theme. This book is timely and significant in providing the essential background and discussion of the ethical, legal and societal dimensions for academics, practitioners, public interest and criminal justice organisations, and students of the life sciences, law, politics, and sociology.