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Washington, DC - October 01, 2007 - Click here for a summary, video, and transcript of this event.

As law enforcement agencies collect, analyze, and store an ever-growing number of samples, cracks have appeared in DNA forensics' infallible, CSI-burnished public image. Reports of backlogs, mistakes, and outright misconduct at forensics labs have cast doubt on the reliability of results. At the same time, states are collecting samples from an expanding number of groups, such as arrestees and people convicted of non-violent misdemeanors.

On October 1 the Genetics and Public Policy Center hosted policy makers, the media, and the public for a Genetics Perspectives on Policy Seminar, “A Perfect Match? DNA in Law Enforcement.” Panelists discussed DNA forensics’ role as a crime-fighting tool, and the technical, legal, and social issues it raises.

Kathy Hudson, director, Genetics and Public Policy Center

Greggory LaBerge, director, Crime Laboratory Bureau, Denver Police Department

Mitchell Morrissey, district attorney of Denver

Stephen Saloom, policy director, The Innocence Project

Tania Simoncelli, science advisor, American Civil Liberties Union

2:00 p.m. EDT Monday, October 1, 2007
National Press Club
529 14th Street, N.W. -- 13th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20045

About GenePOPS:
To explore the areas being touched by human genetic technologies and foster discussion about their impact, the Genetics and Public Policy Center hosts a regular lecture and discussion series in Washington, D.C. called Genetics Perspectives on Policy Seminars - GenePOPS, for short. GenePOPS feature experts from relevant disciplines who come together to share thoughts and answer questions about genetic technologies and science policy. The Center is supported at The Johns Hopkins University by The Pew Charitable Trusts and by research funding from the National Human Genome Research Institute. The Center’s mission is to create the environment and tools needed by decision makers in both the private and public sectors to carefully consider and respond to the challenges and opportunities that arise from scientific advances in human genetics.


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Shawna Williams (202.663.5979;

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