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Yale Law Student Discusses National DNA Database in NY Times

By March 16, 2010

Yale Law student Michael Seringhaus recently had an op-ed entitled "To Stop Crime, Share Your Genes" published in the New York Times:

PERHAPS the only thing more surprising than President Obama's decision to give an interview for "America's Most Wanted" last weekend was his apparent agreement with the program's host, John Walsh, that there should be a national DNA database with profiles of every person arrested, whether convicted or not. Many Americans feel that this proposal flies in the face of our "innocent until proven guilty" ethos, and given that African-Americans are far more likely to be arrested than whites, critics refer to such genetic collection as creating "Jim Crow's database."

There are certainly great arguments for and against the idea of a national DNA database, and Seringhaus handles them well. Do check out the op-ed if you haven't yet, and let me know what you think.

Should there be a national DNA database?

FYI this is also being discussed at WSJ Law Blog.


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