DNA, law

The legal status of non-scientists processing DNA

Legal hurdles threaten to slow FBI’s ‘Rapid DNA’ revolution ()PC Advisor)

What’s more, the DNA Identification Act of 1994 passed by Congress gave the FBI the authority to establish its DNA index system, but didn’t envision that DNA information would be uploaded to the FBI database from a police station using Internet-connected Rapid DNA equipment. The law covers only accredited DNA labs in use today, not the mobile Rapid DNA equipment that can be operated by non-technical personnel anywhere, according to Clark Jaw, an auditor at the FBI Laboratory for the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS). It appears there needs to be a change to the DNA Identification Act to accommodate use of the new technology, he says.

See also: “Rapid” DNA: Not super rapid. Still really cool. More steak than sizzle.

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