The following was written by Martin Hendrix one of the administrators of the Hendricks DNA Project. He asks what the difference is between the FBI or other Law Enforcement agencies asking for the right to be paying customers in a commercial genetic matching database and the other non-genealogy uses of commercial databases.
What is the difference? – POW/MIA
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency works to bring home our missing service members.
In 2006, I learned about DYS392 = 10.2. In looking for instances at YHRD.org of this marker, I found that the National Identification Lab identified and reported the occurrence. I then sent an email to the lab, suggesting that this is a very rare allele. Their reply was “We are not interested in genealogy!” Really?
“From Osan Air Base, the remains will be transferred to the Hawaii-based Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, where painstaking forensic work will be carried out to identify them. Remains that were returned in the past from North Korea were found to be mixed with those of unidentified individuals and even with animal bones.”
How will the remains be identified without using genealogy and the DNA resources found on-line?
What is the difference? – Adoption Search
- DNA Testing Adviser.com The Independent Guide to DNA Testing
- The DNA Dectives.com A site dedicated to solving adoption cases
The adoptee can’t find their birth parents without taking DNA tests. And these business entities can’t analyze the “Match Lists” without accessing their account. Neither of these business entities (or others) can find the birth parents without the use of the on-line resources and the lineages associated with the DNA results. At birth and adoption, the records may have been sealed. Do these business entities obtain the court’s permission before identifying the birth parents?
What is the difference? – Rape Kits
- End the Backlog works to get the thousands of unprocessed rape forensic collection kits tested.
Once the kits are tested, how will the perpetrator be identified without the use of on-line resources?
What is the difference? – Unknown Person Searches
- Detectives investigate skeletal remains found in Calabasas
- Human skeletal remains found in New Braunfels
- Skeletal remains found in Howell Woods
- Skeletal remains found in Jackson Woods
- Skeletal remains found in Bayfield County
- Human skeletal remains found in woods in Bethpage
How will the Medical Examiner connect the DNA from the skeletal remains to a particular individual and/or family without the use of on-line resources?
Is it bad that DNA results are being used to identify a dead service member?
Is it bad that DNA results are being used to identify the birth parents of an adoptee?
Is it bad that DNA result are being used to identify the skeletal remains of an unknown person?
Is it bad that the FBI or other law enforcement agencies are sending DNA samples to a business that is engaged in DNA testing?
If it is bad that a DNA testing company is testing DNA samples for the FBI and other law enforcement agencies, and treating the results like any other person that have been tested by the same company, why aren’t the other uses of these same on-line resources bad?
Hendricks DNA Project