November Science Cafe: Police DNA Database

  • The Swansea Science Café offers opportunities for anyone to find out more about new, exciting and topical areas of science. Designed to be informal and entertaining, the café typically runs on the last Wednesday of every month at the Dylan Thomas Centre. Entry is free and talks start at 7:30 pm. For future events see http://www.sciencecafewales.org/.

     

    The Police DNA Database: An indispensible means to fighting crime or a threat to civil liberties?

    Steve Bain, Swansea University (Former member of the National DNA Database Ethics Group)

    Sponsored by the Wales Gene Park

    Wednesday 24th November at 7:30 pm

    Advances in DNA technology have revolutionised the way the police can protect the public. The creation of a Police DNA Database has helped them to identify offenders and secure convictions such as in the case of Sarah Payne. Crimes which had been previously unsolved for several years have now been solved. At present, a DNA sample is taken at a person’s arrest. However, the Home Office has recently announced that even if a person is not found guilty, their information will be held on the Database for a number of years. Some people believe that information from innocents should not be held on the Database. Others call for the DNA Database to include everyone living or visiting the UK. What do you think?

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