The intersection between enabling legislation and a robust, active DNA database is paramount to the success of a forensic DNA program. euraDNA seeks to provide resources on forensic DNA science and a strong legal framework to ensure databases can be as effective as possible.
DNA Science & Law
HOW CAN POLICY IMPROVE DATABASE FUNCTIONALITY?
Public policy or a government administration governs how a forensic DNA database runs. Public policy can dictate how many samples go into a database each year, depending on who is required to donate a sample. The more samples included in the database, the more effective the program: with a population of all known, identified offenders, the database provides a diverse set of DNA for scientists to compare new samples, such as from a crime scene. For criminal DNA databases, if samples are required from all individuals with a criminal conviction, and recidivism shows that statistically, former offenders tend to reoffend in their lifetimes, a crime scene match has a higher likelihood of identifying the correct perpetrator. A highly functional database is proven to result in accurate convictions and exoneration of the innocent.
TECHNICAL TRAINING AND RESOURCE
euraDNA provides comprehensive training to scientists in forensic DNA laboratories, including access to world-renowned experts. euraDNA offers training programs on Y-STR databases, Mitochondrial DNA and amplification, RapidDNA, familial searching, genetic genealogy and more.
PASSING STRONG LAWS AND REGULATIONS
euraDNA regularly works with government officials, policymakers and decisionmakers around the world. euraDNA often provides presentations, access to speakers for conferences or other engagements, model policy, and best practices, as well as access to thought leaders and expertise in political strategy.
If you are interested in learning more about these resources or would like to request a copy of a model law or regulations, please reach out via the contact form here.
PREVENT THE WASTE OF RESOURCES
euraDNA promotes the use of DNA databases as they can prevent the waste of resources. DNA databases have demonstrated their ability to serve as valuable tools in aiding law enforcement investigations. The more data in the database, the better it functions. Countries with higher rates of data inclusion can produce a profile match or association up to 60% of the time any time a profile is entered into the database. This solves crime, exonerates the innocent, and saves money.