The use of forensic science was under estimated about the benefits it could provide to professions including the police and other law enforcement agencies. DNA analysis is one such methodology that is increasingly used by the police force as an investigative method. In instances where the police have been unable to identify witnesses or there was lack of evidence at the crime scene, DNA has proved to be helpful in uncovering useful details. Adding on, at times other investigative techniques have failed, but the DNA has helped in the progress of the case. One of the greatest uses of DNA is that it reduces the number of wrongful arrests; thus, enhancing the credibility of the investigative skills of the police force. Furthermore, the reliability of the investigations is improved when the police are able to show material evidence (Prime & Newman, 2007).
One of the biggest anticipated changes to the DNA technology is that of cloning. Through cloning, scientists will be able to give two individuals the identical DNA, even though this is a far sighted anticipation it may be possible nonetheless. The concept of cloning may make it difficult for the police to arrest the correct person; thus, the reliability of the DNA test as an investigative force would be reduced. Furthermore, DNA technology is also advancing in the field of stem cell technology. This would help insurance companies to determine the level of insurance given to people who have a history related to crime (DNALC).
The DNA technology may have several benefits in the law enforcement arena. However, if this technology is abused then people may be able to find a way around this technology and may even succeed in fooling science (DNA Technology). The police needs to ensure that DNA is correctly used and people are not able to disrupt its usage.
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