Dish out your DNA
The UAE government is thinking about having a database of DNA samples from every resident in the country.
September 30, 2009 1:50 by kippreport
UAE may become the first country in the world to have a DNA database that will include samples from every resident in the country, reports The National. Currently, DNA samples are only collected from criminals.
“What we would like is to start thinking about taking samples from all of the UAE population, local and expatriate,” Ahmed Marzooqi, chairman of the Emirates DNA Working Group, told the paper.
“This effort will help us as a team immensely in cases of natural and man-made disasters,” he said, adding that it could also be used for criminal cases. “This will control crime drastically. It will reduce the number of unnecessary and innocent suspects and reveal the criminal much faster with scientific proof.”
The plan still needs federal approval before it can be implemented, but even if sanctioned, it could take up to a decade to materialize, he said.
While Marzooqi said that people’s privacy will be protected, Kipp is uneasy that the government will have samples of everyone’s DNA. Do you think such a database is actually essential?