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DNA To Be As Common As Fingerprinting

January 9, 2013 by  

DNA To Be As Common As Fingerprinting

Pretty soon, the government may be able to analyze your DNA in as little time as it takes to take someone’s fingerprints; the technology could be coming to a police station near you.

According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, DNA machines that process DNA in 90 minutes or less and designed to be used in the field by non-scientists exist and are being marketed heavily to the Federal government and State and local law enforcement agencies by key players in the military-industrial complex.

A white paper published by one manufacturer of rapid DNA technology, IntegenX, says:

Rapid DNA analysis is a transformative technology that promises to fundamentally change the way investigations are conducted by enabling law enforcement personnel to quickly and definitively identify suspects while they are still in custody. The technology has the potential to help create safer communities through its many applications from policing to homeland security and defense. With the introduction of the first commercial Rapid DNA systems in 2012, a new standard will emerge in the usage of DNA profiles as an actionable biometric

The FBI got its first “rapid DNA” equipment in September. The agency reportedly has about 10 million DNA records on individuals already stored in databases and will likely significantly expand DNA collection by means of rapid DNA equipment.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Harold Olsen

    DNA is not as reliable as fingerprints. No two people have the same fingerprints, not even twins. However, twins, triplets, quadruplets, whatever, do share the same DNA, unless, of course, one is taking a medication that changes their DNA. That’s another thing, DNA can be altered with drugs, fingerprints can’t be altered, except if they tips are sandpapered or something like that in an attempt to remove them.

    • Robert Smith

      Harold claims: “DNA is not as reliable as fingerprints. ”

      Actually it is extremely helpful in tracking down criminals. Relatives can help society by indicating a direction for law enforcement to go in cases of a rape, for example.

      Or is it that you don’t want criminals caught, Harold?


    • eddie47d

      Costs sure have come down with DNA testing (about- $150) and it is accurate Twins can be a problem in crime situations and it does happen but so rare is that really an issue. Three in one thousand births are twins and how many will turn to a life of crime? Mono-zygotic twins have 99.9% the same DNA while Di-zygotic twins is about 75%. So that makes it even less probable of not getting caught. Now it would be hard to prove paternity with a Mono-zygotic twin if they are having sex with the same woman. Interesting topic though.

    • SJJolly

      DNA can be changed by drugs? Meaning, slip your wife the right pill, and she turns into Madona? (Beware the street version of the pills — you might get Rush Limbaugh instead!) Only in the comics, friend.

  • Chester

    Mr. Olsen, using your theory, we can’t even tell the child from the parent because they do share at least fifty per cent of their dna. For most twins, triplets,and even quads, the match may be a little closer, but even then it is usually pretty clearly distinguishable. One of the big things this does is help eliminate possible suspects, as well as give them a better line on who they actually need to talk to. One big thing this will do is help eliminate false rape charges, where the woman had sex, willingly or not, and picks you out of a lineup as the guilty party. If your dna isn’t present, pretty likely you did NOT do it.

    • SJJolly

      Fingerprints are images; they can be scanned, faxed to a center where software locates a number of points in the image, compares the points against those in a database. DNA is molecules, inside cells; you have to extract them from the cells, pick out certain ones, then process them. A genetic sequencer presently costs about $30,000. Even with technological progress, it will be a good while before there is one in every police patrol car.

  • ssmith

    People can have more than one DNA profile. I think the maximum is 3-4 different DNA, it’s relatively rare, but it is possible. That’s why if a sample is saliva, then the DNA should be matched from a saliva swab, blood sample compared to blood, semen to semen, hair to hair.

    • SJJolly

      Unless you’re taking immune response suppressive drugs, your body’s defenses will react against cells with different DNA. Or, you have one or more cancers, which chemically tell the body’s defenses, “Ignore me.”

  • Joey in AZ

    That’s just what the government wants. To build up a data base of peoples DNA. An individual’s DNA may be useful in a criminal investigation, but once a data base in established, how long will it be before it gets accessed for insurance rates and who knows what else.

    • metalflyer11

      Joey, you’ve got it right. More Big Brother technology. Our DNA will be up for sale….

  • Chris

    DNA “and” fingerprints should BOTH be used……..these items should be submitted at birth to a “central” databank that can be used by at least one police station per city.


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