Congressional Oversight Lags Far Behind Fast-Growing Commercial DNA Testing
Despite consumer unease about their DNA privacy, especially on the heels of the Golden State Killer case, Congress has made no moves to update the 2008 Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, the lone law in this field.
Congress Is A Decade Behind In Oversight Of DNA Testing Companies
Wall Street has plowed billions of dollars into DNA testing companies, one of the world's fastest-growing consumer services. By contrast, lawmakers in Washington have invested little oversight in to this brave new marketplace, leaving it to U.S. consumers to navigate it alone. (Leavenworth, 5/3)
In other news —
San Jose Mercury News:
Golden State Killer Case: Why Is California Fighting Over Collecting Criminals' DNA?
Last week’s dramatic revelation that investigators used DNA to track down the suspected Golden State Killer in one of California’s most notorious cold cases highlighted its value in modern crime fighting. But it also exposed a simmering debate over whether DNA should be collected for non-violent offenses and frustration over DNA analysis backlogs in rape cases. (Woolfolk, 5/3)
The Associated Press:
DNA Match Sought To Zodiac Killer After Break In Golden State Killer Case
Northern California detectives still trying to identify the infamous Zodiac Killer, who targeted victims in the late 1960s and taunted investigators with letters, say they hope to try the same DNA tracing technology recently used to arrest a suspect in another string of cold-case serial slayings — those blamed on the Golden State Killer.But first they have to get a better DNA profile. (5/3)