Pos. and Neg. of DNA Profiling Essay

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The Positives and Negatives on DNA Profiling
DNA testing has many uses, both positive and negative, in our society. Genetic profiling has been beneficial in paternity suits and rape cases, where the father or the assailant could be identified. However, despite its growing number of utilizations, DNA profiling is extremely hazardous when results are inaccurate or used to discriminate.
Many have benefited from the genetic engineering that has developed at a frightening rate in the last decade. Evabeth T. wrote in the Family Forum expressing her gratefulness of DNA testing. “Had I not had the genetic testing, I would not have known of the tumor until symptoms occurred, and then I might have had major problems like a heart attack or a
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Some procedures for testing DNA are fallible by legal and scientific standards. However, currently the DNA Diagnostics Center claims to provide 99.9% accuracy in DNA testing. They state they are able and willing to “provide affidavit, deposition and expert witness court testimony on behalf of their clients,” (www.dnacenter.com).
This does not represent the only possible downfalls of DNA profiling in criminology. The involuntary seizure of one's blood or hair undermines the constitutional rights guaranteed to all citizens by the Fourth Amendment (protection from unreasonable searches and seizures). Nevertheless, many argue that a DNA sample taken from a suspect could lead to an indictment or release of the individual. This would inevitably make an exception to the Fourth Amendment.
There is also a current effort to create a national database of DNA, much like the existing database of fingerprints. The use of numerical codes will allow huge databases to search for a match of an individual DNA band. However, these matches are not 100 percent. Many people have argued that the use of a national DNA database infringes on the individuals constitutional rights to privacy. However, law officials have claimed that the advantages with this database supercede the individual's rights. Society must weigh the advantages of having a past, present, or future criminal's DNA profile on

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