DNA Nation

2008-02-05

A man named Tim Masters was recently released in Colorado after 10+ years in prison upon the discovery of DNA evidence implicating another suspect. Similarly, a serial killer in the Denver area was recently implicated in a murder case that had been unsolved for over 20 years, again based on DNA evidence. As more stories like this emerge, I predict that eventually we will hear calls for a universal DNA database. After all, why use mutable, forgeable credentials such as Social Security numbers when you can rely on truly identifying information? I don't say I like it, but I think it may indeed come to pass...

UPDATE: More here. Scary stuff.


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