‘The Liberal Democrats said a series of Freedom of Information requests have revealed that the NPIA has approved 25 applications for research projects using DNA profiles from the DNA database.
It said that five came from private companies, with three from LGC and two from Orchid Cellmark, and that no one whose DNA is being used in these projects had given their consent. “Innocent people are on the database, and their DNA will have been included in the research,” the party said in a statement.
It also said that the police, many of whose officers have added themselves to the database voluntarily, rejected a request for their DNA samples to be used in a research project.’
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Ok, it might only be a two-day summer but I am loving the sun right now. All you people that moan about being too hot, just shut up now or I will hunt you down & kill you when the rain returns. It’s so hot, I am digging things out of the wardrobe that I hardly get to wear (I obviously live in the wrong country). However, it does mean it’s probably time I shaved my legs - only if the weather holds, that is.
I just finished working on a youth radio project that included three girls of Somali descent who had a lot to say about culture & religion. One of the things they were keen to talk about was the difference between people of different cultures who share the same faith. They were also keen to dispel stereotypes, saying that “not all white people are alcoholics”. It makes you wonder what some people must think when they read stories like this…
‘There are those who believe that somewhere in the vast blackness of space, about nine billion miles from the Sun, the first human is about to cross the boundary of our Solar System into interstellar space. His body, perfectly preserved, is frozen at –270 degrees C (–454ºF); his tiny capsule has been silently sailing away from the Earth at 18,000 mph (29,000km/h) for the last 45 years. He is the original lost cosmonaut, whose rocket went up and, instead of coming back down, just kept on going.’