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UK judge calls for national DNA database

[JURIST] Britain's Lord Justice Sedley has recommended in a lecture to Leicester University Law School that the country should establish a national DNA database. Sedley, known for his civil rights beliefs, cited the benefit DNA could further provide in assisting criminal apprehension and prosecution, and suggested that the risks in such a system were controlable is confronted directly. In the US the FBI has had a similar database in place since 1998 and has used it in nearly 5000 criminal investigations. BBC News has more.

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