GeneWatch Parliamentary Briefing: Protection of Freedoms Bill: Lords' Committee Stage
28th November 2011
GeneWatch Parliamentary Briefing: Protection of Freedoms Bill: 3rd Reading
7th October 2011
GeneWatch Parliamentary Briefing: Protection of Freedoms Bill
25th February 2011
GeneWatch UK submission to Home Affairs Committee: the National DNA Database
15th January 2010
GeneWatch UK Parliamentary Briefing: Crime and Security Bill
15th January 2010
MPs Briefing: The Coroners and Justice Bill: A DNA database by stealth?
26th January 2009
Briefing for the Northern Ireland Policing Board: Police Retention of DNA from Northern Ireland
1st June 2007
Briefing note for MPs, MSPs, AMs & MLAs. DNA: proposed expansions of powers
26th March 2007
Briefing for Councillors and Police Authorities: Police retention of DNA
23rd February 2007
MPs' Briefing: Human Genetics No.7 - The National DNA Database: an update
25th January 2007
A further update on the police DNA Database
MPs Briefing No 2: Implementation of the Environmental Liability Directive
11th December 2006
Explains UK Government's plants for environmental liability for GMOs and improvements required.
MPs' Briefing: Human Genetics No. 6 - The Police National DNA Database: an update
18th July 2006
This briefing updates GeneWatch's 2005 Parliamentary Briefing on the National DNA Database and considers evidence that:
- the permanent retention of DNA from innocent people has contributed little to tackling crime;
- DNA profiles and samples continue to be used for controversial genetic research without consent and without any independent oversight;
- there is gowing public and political concern about the Database.
MPs Briefing No 1 - GMOs and the ELD
1st March 2006
MSPs' Briefing - Police Retention of DNA
9th February 2006
A briefing for Members of the Scottish Parliament
MPs' Briefing: Human Genetics No. 5 - The Police DNA database: balancing crime detection and human rights
1st January 2005
Using DNA to trace people who are suspected of committing a crime is one of the biggest advances in tackling crime since fingerprinting. When DNA profiling is used wisely it can bring major benefits to society by helping to convict serious criminals including murderers and rapists. Concerns arise, however, when tissue samples, genetic information and personal data are stored indefinitely on a DNA database, like the police forensic database - known as the National DNA Database (NDNAD). There are fears that this information may be misused in ways that threaten the rights of individuals and their families.
MPs' Briefing: Human Genetics No. 4: Human genetic testing and the influence of the pharmaceutical industry
1st September 2004
Drug companies are seeking to use genetic tests to define 'at risk' groups who would be advised to take (their) medication to prevent a predicted future illness. This approach would be hugely profitable for the pharmaceutical industry, but does not have a good scientific foundation. Many people could take medicine unnecessarily, and some could suffer side-effects. Public health approaches to tacking problems such as obesity and smoking could also be undermined.
MPs' Briefing: Human Genetics No. 3: Biobank UK – A Good Research Priority?
1st November 2002
The Government is backing a controversial new genetic research project called 'Biobank UK'. The project aims to identify the links between genetic and environmental factors in common diseases by studying DNA samples taken from 500,000 45 to 69 year olds. Each person's genetic information will be linked with their lifestyle and medical data.
However, Biobank UK's aims are controversial, its science is questionable, and there is a lack of legal safeguards to protect those agreeing to take part from misuse of their genetic information.
GeneWatch believes that the project should be shelved until the controversies surrounding it have been fully debated and resolved and alternative approaches have been properly assessed.
EU Parliamentary Briefing No 2.
1st June 2002
The labelling of GMOs and their derivatives in food and animal.
MPs' Briefing: Human Genetics No. 2 - Unregulated Genetic Testing on the High Street and the Internet
1st April 2002
Human genetic tests are now being sold directly to the public in the High Street and on the Internet. Genetic testing is unregulated and vulnerable customers are being misled. Current knowledge of genetics and health is too uncertain and complex to be left to commercial interests.
EU Parliamentary Briefing No 1.
1st February 2002
Proposed EU regulations on the traceability and labelling of GM food and animal feed
MPs' Briefing: Human Genetics No. 1 - Genetic Testing in Insurance: A New Form of Discrimination
1st October 2001
Genetic tests are becoming available to detect genes associated with disease. These tests may help diagnose an illness in some patients so it can be treated or predict a possible future illness in others or their children.
However, genetic test information could be abused and lead to genetic discrimination if used as grounds for refusing insurance cover or employment.