FBI's Plans to Upgrade DNA Database Criticized by Scientists
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
The Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) plans to expand the number of genetic markers used by CODIS to try and classify individual DNA profiles. However, five prominent members of the forensic science community have criticized the FBI DNA database system according to a BBC report.
Dr. Bruce Budowle and colleagues said at the recent Promega 22nd International Symposium on Human Identification (ISHI) that the changes were important because these changes will implement how DNA profiles are recorded in the U.S. for "the next 20 years." BBC's Science editor Paul Rincon reports that Budowle said the FBI did not sufficiently consult with the forensic science community before making its recommendations. CODIS uses a set of 13 genetic markers to generate individual DNA profiles, but will be extending that number to 24 markers.
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