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Behavioral Genetics Research and Criminal DNA Databanks

David H. Kaye

Penn State Law


Law and Contemporary Problems, Vol. 69, 2006

This article examines the current concerns about whether DNA databases may be used for actions other than to apprehend criminals, such as genetic research, in particular, searching for a "crime gene". Part II considers the perspective that these databases may be useful for research. The information within a DNA sample consists of a limited number of DNA base-pair variations, which are important to identification, but not necessarily to genetic research. However, while it may be difficult to conduct genetic research, it is not impossible. Part III examines state and federal database legislation. There are examples of three states' statutes and how they are falsely portrayed or exaggerated as allowing DNA databases to be used for genetic research. Part IV assesses some arguments with regard to allowing this research, including lack of consent from "donors", and the issue of whether or not to save the DNA samples once they have been used for identification.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 41

Keywords: DNA Databases, Genetic Research, Crime Gene

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Date posted: May 30, 2009  

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Kaye, David H., Behavioral Genetics Research and Criminal DNA Databanks (2006). Law and Contemporary Problems, Vol. 69, 2006. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1411861

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