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DNA Database: Public inquiry findings



Independent study concludes more oversight and information is needed.


The police National DNA Database should be placed under the control of a independent statutory authority. There should be a vigorous nationwide information campaign to explain why DNA samples are taken, how they are used and why they are retained.

These are two of the key recommendations in a report published from an independent Citizens' Inquiry set up by the Human Genetics Commission (HGC) and the ESRC Genomics Policy and Research Forum.

The Inquiry was conducted in Glasgow and Birmingham earlier this year with thirty people in two linked panels. They were able to call witnesses, take evidence and direct their own research over a six-week period.

For further information, please see:

Citizens' Inquiry - Genomics Forum Press ReleaseCitizens’ Inquiry - main findings


Human Genetics Commission