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  •  Maybe that's the path to take. (6+ / 0-)

    Your DNA isn't going to change while you wait for a court order after all. Perhaps a we need real legal infrastructure to nagivate this -- I don't know. But DNA evidence is a powerful tool in sort out the guilty from the innocent. Giving up a swab could keep you out of prison just as easily as put you in (well, if you're innocent, that is.)

    Breathe in. Breathe out. Forget this, and attaining enlightenment will be the least of your problems.

    by rb137 on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 06:45:34 PM PST

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    •  Look I Consider My DNA Kind Of Personal (2+ / 0-)
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      and I wouldn't want the government to be able to get it just cause they are standing in front of me with a swab in their hand. For me it is similar to the warrantless wire taping. Go get a court order. If the government has the evidence for a judge to issue an order, well then I am OK wth it.

      When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

      by webranding on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 06:49:47 PM PST

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    •  rb137 - the case is Maryland v King (2+ / 0-)
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      and a good place to follow it is:

      http://www.scotusblog.com/...

      The case has been accepted for this term, but has not yet been scheduled for oral argument.  

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 08:36:30 PM PST

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    •  New research says DNA can change (1+ / 0-)
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      Yale has been doing ground-breaking research into DNA:
      http://news.yale.edu/...

      The prevailing wisdom has been that every cell in the body contains identical DNA. However, a new study of stem cells derived from the skin has found that genetic variations are widespread in the body’s tissues, a finding with profound implications for genetic screening, according to Yale School of Medicine researchers.
      •  Of course it does. (0+ / 0-)

        That's what cancer is. And a swab isn't taking stem cells.

        It isn't going to change overwhelmingly in the period of time it takes to get a warrent.

        Breathe in. Breathe out. Forget this, and attaining enlightenment will be the least of your problems.

        by rb137 on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 07:06:23 AM PST

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