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New Law Allows for More DNA Samples in Law Enforcement Database

NEW YORK, Jan. 6 (GenomeWeb News) - President Bush signed a bill into law yesterday that expands the use of DNA profiles and testing in law enforcement.

 

The new law, which allows state and federal law enforcement authorities to upload the DNA profiles of all arrestees into the federal Combined DNA Index System database, can be a boon for DNA-based forensic shops, such as Orchid Cellmark. The law also authorizes DNA testing of federal arrestees and illegal immigrants.

 

Under this law, federal DNA grant money under the President's DNA Testing Initiative and other federal legislation can be used for forensic DNA testing.

 

Safeguards in the legislation allow arrestees who are exonerated or never charged to request that their profiles be removed from CODIS.

 

The law, Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005, or H.R.3402, can be found here.

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