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Abstract

DNA fingerprinting, at the time of publication a new concept, has dramatic implications in both the civil and criminal contexts. The author argues that a national DNA data base should be created. He contends that a DNA data base would be a powerful tool for law enforcement as well as defense attorneys, and that the danger to privacy rights is outweighed by the benefits to society. The author argues that taking DNA is neither invasive nor does it provide substantive information to the authorities. In sum, the author states that a national DNA data base with sufficient safeguards should be established.

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