Old Spill

Police officers are now routinely arresting people in order to add their DNA sample to the national police database, an inquiry will allege tomorrow. The review of the national DNA database by the government’s human genetics commission also raises the possibility that the DNA profiles of three-quarters of young black males, aged 18 to 35, are now on the database. The human genetics commission report, Nothing to hide, nothing to fear?, says the national DNA database for England and Wales is already the largest in the world, at 5 million profiles and growing, yet has no clear statutory basis or independent oversight.

2 Responses to “Old Spill”

  1. Kit Says:

    “The foreword of today’s Human Genetics Commission report asserts as fact that a staggeringly high three-quarters of all young black men have a sample on file – an assertion that has been fairly widely quoted, although it was not backed up in the data in the report.”

    http://www.channel4.com/news/articles/uk/factcheck+black+men+on+the+dna+database/3436397

  2. RickB Says:

    Thanks for the link Kit, ah the thorny world of statistics and the media, still it shows they are disproportionally represented and the conservative figure they come up with is still over half. And while fact checks are good it is interesting what is chosen to be fact checked and of course the issue of official figures and the biases that influence them.


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