“Here is your brand new beautiful baby boy,” “Number CODE 894277461 in the United States DNA Federal Database.”
Seems like somewhat of a cold notion to consider that these are some of the first words the doctor delivering your baby might speak after his birth. However, with the ever growing technology and genetic know-how we see in the news today, it is certainly likely to assume that someday we will all be reduced to one national number. It may be something to chuckle about now, but to ignore the potential consequences of such a reality would be equivalent to that of sticking your head in a microwave. Stupid.
Genetics and society are simply a twosome we cannot ignore. We are now actually able to extract DNA from a person and “file” it, in order to be used or viewed at a later date. Meaning, we can literally go into somebody’s body, take something out of him or her, and put it in a Rolodex. This being done in an effort to maintain anything from law enforcement databases to banking transactions. As insensitive as it is, that it is, is something that is certainly possible. The question to be asked; does that make it right?
Would establishing a National Database of genetic DNA fingerprints, samples of genes
DNA databases exist in 49 of the 50 U. Some might say that hard evidence is; statistically finding the same pattern data in DNA fingerprinting that is 1:189,200,000 or that genetic fingerprint blood testing is 90 percent reliable. With over 800,000 DNA fingerprints already existing in the hands of god knows whom, is it logical to think maybe we might be on some list somewhere and not even know it Yes. Now a database such as this would cause controversy everywhere from religion to politics. Just because we have the technology to do so, doesn"tmt mean we have the understanding. This so far, is about all we know for sure. 1 out of every 6 agents where the DNA not match, 17 of the total FBI agents who's DNA did not match up. We cannot take advantage of a newfound technology which we have not even began to fully understand and create a factory to process peoples lives with it. But, contrary to popular belief, numbers do lie, at least these numbers anyway. The legalities of such an endeavor as creating an entirely new set of data of such a mass amount of people is overwhelming. How will we store this to prevent this, and when it does happen does that mean a person could be wrongfully convicted If we give DNA samples to the government how will we be assured only the "right" people get to see what could possibly show any diseases we have or will have, or even how long we will live Who are the right people Are they the FBI, our state police, our sheriff, our school, our job, our bank, hospitals, our grocery, video stores and libraries. Convicting an innocent person with the use of DNA is hardly impossible. Our small sample of DNA could be searched when investigating a burglary, rape or even a murder.