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Content: A: Summary B: Translation from Danish to English C: Essay A: Summary: This text is from New Scientist, 5 may 2001. It's written by David Concar and the name of the text is "The DNA-police". This text deals with collection of human DNA. For years, have the police in Britain collected saliva swabs from almost every person they have taken into custody, and it wasn't important if the person was innocent or guilty. Today they have a database with over a million DNA-profiles, and it gets better everyday, because the crime never stops. But now some people in Britain are getting worried, because they mean that it's discriminating and a threat to privacy. Since the police started to take DNA-profiles of the people, they have established more than 100.000 links between people and unsolved cases, so of course it has been a success. But still people don't want to have that risk to be a part of a crime they didn't commit. ...read more.


It's these differences that forensic DNA expects use to identify people and determine the source of biological evidence such as blood or semen found at a crime scene. But DNA testing as it is now performed raises also a question as to whether the public should fear that an innocent person may be wrongfully convicted or a legitimate suspect excluded from consideration. I think that we should be concerned that the Government can order the collection of one's DNA for purposes of identification. But I think its okay that the Government can order fingerprints, but one's DNA-profile would be too much. DNA also contains much more personal information than a fingerprint. With the development of specialized machines, it is now relatively to make millions of copies of any gene in the body and also determine it sequence. With the same equipment, we can determine the genetic composition of anyone who becomes a suspect in a crime. ...read more.


That could be rather in interesting. My opinion about this is very divided. Because on the one side I think it's a great idea, but on the other side I think it's a bad idea. That's because I believe that our privacy would be offended in some way. But okay if you haven't done anything, what should you be afraid of? But I still believe that is a big risk for people, especially if we get convicted for some thing, you haven't done, as Raymond Easton. The good thing about it is that it probably will reduce the crime to some extend, because the police would have a better chance to find the criminals. I also think that it is a great progress inside science, because they can "travel" back in time, to see how other people lived for years ago. But of course we can't stop the development, and this is the future for us. I just think that we should keep it down on a level, where we can control it. Written by Kristian Byrialsen Student: Kristian Byrialsen Essay Subject: English A Date: 4. September Aalborg Technically Collage 1 ...read more.

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