Previously published in Examiner
Part 9 of the Forensic DNA series
Innovative ways of using DNA testing
Sports collectors will concur that sometimes it is hard to authenticate sports memorabilia or even objects of art. There are many scams passing off counterfeits as the real thing. In the future, DNA technology will have the ability to implant a DNA sample within the memorabilia and artifacts. In the future, the DNA strand of the athlete or artist in question who had previously owned or worked on the memorabilia or produced a work of art could be authenticated. The people responsible for authenticating the items will simply use a special laser to decode the DNA strand and at anytime in the future, the buyer, auction house, or museum curator can be completely satisfied that they have the real thing.
Right now the DNA strand has been used in Super Bowl XXXIV Footballs and 2000 Summer Olympic Souvenirs, not necessarily linked to a specific athlete but linked to the event itself (they used the DNA of unnamed athletes present at the world event) to authenticate that the footballs and memorabilia really were connected to the event.
Ethical concerns about national DNA Databanks
DNA testing can reveal a lot of personal information, such as being at risk for diseases, biological parents, family genetic information and sexual orientation and other factors. This information delivered into the wrong hands can cause serious problems for certain individuals. This information could be legal in nature and put an innocent person under suspicion for any future crimes committed within the community at large. This scenario can occur when a suspect was apprehended, but later exonerated from the crime.
DNA profile genomes raise health issues that could cause an insurer to refuse a claim. It is also possible that schools, religious organizations or social organizations, can refuse admittance based on DNA evidence.
So confidentiality must remain a mainstay for the databases. The release of this information must constantly be monitored and given only to people or organizations that have a valid and legal reason for the information.
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