Latest National DNA database Stories

2006-03-15 00:10:00

By Patricia Reaney LONDON -- A major project to collect DNA samples and medical data from 500,000 people was launched on Wednesday to study how genes, lifestyle and environment affect the risk of disease. The UK Biobank, the world's biggest genetic database, will hold millions of samples in a robotically controlled facility near Manchester, England. The wealth of data that will be collected from men and women volunteers aged 45-69 will help scientists determine the genetic basis of diseases...

2006-01-21 10:03:29

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is keeping DNA records on 24,000 juveniles in a national crime-fighting database who have been neither cautioned or charged with any offence, the Home Office confirmed on Saturday. The figures were released at the request of Conservative MP Grant Schapps after he investigated the case of a teenager whose DNA data was retained in the database despite being wrongly arrested in a case of mistaken identity. "The police refused to remove the DNA profile even...

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