Monday, April 11, 2005

call for world-wide DNA database

At a lecture on Saturday Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys of Leicester University, to mark the 20th anniversary of the discovery of DNA fingerprinting, said a global DNA database would have been invaluable in attempting to identify victims of the recent tsunami. Instead, investigators faced endless searches through incomplete records, or having to cause further distress to relatives of the victims.

Everyone in the world should have their genetic profile stored on a database, but the information should be held independently of the authorities, according to the pioneer of DNA fingerprinting.

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