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DNA testing has proven to be a very valuable tool for convicting criminals, as well as for exonerating falsely accused individuals. The methods used to analyze DNA, as well as the implications of the results of such analyses, are still being standardized and are almost always questioned in court by at least one party, but they are becoming increasingly accepted and refined for use in criminal law.

Despite the usefulness of genetic testing, there are various concerns about privacy and the potential for discrimination. There are also some concerns about the consequences if insurance companies, employers, or other entities have access to such personal data.

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