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Spread Of DNA Databases Sparks Ethical Concerns

By Jill Lawless

FILE - In this Friday, March 2, 2012 file photo, DNA samples are processed at the New York State Police Forensic Investigation Center in Albany, N.Y. Countries around the world are collecting genetic material from millions of citizens in the name of fighting crime and terrorism. Few nations have been more enthusiastic than Britain, where a database of DNA from criminal suspects grew by 2012 to hold samples from almost 7 million people, more than 10 percent of the population. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)


LONDON (AP) – You can ditch your computer and leave your cellphone at home, but you can’t escape your DNA.

It belongs uniquely to you – and, increasingly, to the authorities.

Countries around the world are collecting genetic material from millions of citizens in the name of fighting crime and terrorism – and, according to critics, heading into uncharted ethical terrain.

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