In a discussion on transitional forms in evolutionary biology, creationist Paul Glenn Cawley declares that there is no evidence that living organisms share common descent: “Those who adhere to the evolutionary theory act like it’s been proven that all life “descended” from common ancestors when
DNA is not just a brief marker of identity. It is a powerful tool that belongs to the person it has encoded. It is therefore not at all a reasonable thing for the police, or any other government agency, to seize, to hold and to use in perpetuity.
Today at noon, Occupy San Francisco heads to the Monte Rio to stand in protest against the annual exclusive Bohemian Grove forest gathering of captains of industry, military and government. One of the accusations leveled at the Bohemian Grove encampment by Occupy San Francisco is
In the Spring of 2009, the FBI started warehousing DNA samples of Americans who had been arrested — but not necessarily convicted — of a crime. People declared not guilty of a crime, or who were never even charged with a crime, can have their
Elisebeth Collins Cook is one of only two people nominated to sit on the nation’s empty Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, the body charged with protecting Americans’ civil liberties and tracking abuses from within the executive branch. The quorum required for the board to
Imagine a scenario in which the United States government is interested in tracking you down and has obtained a DNA sample through some means: a used coffee cup, perhaps, or a clump of hair. Imagine that the U.S. government doesn’t have a record of your
This spring, the FBI expanded its practice of warehousing DNA sample data, expanding from samples of criminal convicts to samples from people who have been arrested but not convicted of a crime. As a result, the FBI has been adding new samples to its database
The UK Human Genetics Commission reports on DNA database sweeps by the British police: It is now the norm to arrest offenders for everything if there is a power to do so … It is apparently understood by serving police officers that one of the
Scientific analysis of the remains of what is known as Haast’s eagle show that it would have been easily capable of attacking, killing and carrying off human children.
While trying to find conference reports, presentations or minutes from this week’s Energy Ocean 2009 Conference on renewable tidal, wind and wave energies, I came across this piece of copy advocating for Maine coastal energy initiatives. “It’s In Our DNA?” State funding for technology research
John McCain, recycling an old campaign line, just complained about earmarks to fund research on the DNA of Grizzly Bears. John McCain voted in favor of funding that research. McCain against McCain.