On June 18, 2009, the U. S. Supreme Court ruled that prisoners do not have a constitutional right to DNA testing, which could prove their innocence. This makes me think that the application of the DNA technology has really come a long way.
Since DNA testing for human identification was introduced in the middle of 1980s, the genetic fingerprinting technology has already become a very popular technology to confirm identities and verify biological relationships. TV shows such as CSI and Maury Show have also helped spread the word of this technology to tens of millions of American households.
An expensive test in the beginning, it has a much more affordable price tag nowadays, which allows common people to turn to the technology seeking answers to their questions about relationships and identities. Among the first users of this technology, the forensic world relies more and more heavily on it to identify victims, convict perpetrators, and solve crimes. Now, this technology has just made itself a topic for constitutional right debate.
More intriguingly, this technology is widely used in areas most people may never imagine. DNA family relationship test is requested by government immigration agencies to verify the claimed family relationship in family reunification cases; DNA test is required to confirm maternity in some countries before the birth mother can give up the child for adoption; DNA test is helping genealogy lovers find their roots; and DNA test is used in animal farming and pet breeding business to detect genetic diseases, and ensure better breeding programs.
DNA testing is also entering peoples leisure life because of the uniqueness of each persons genetic fingerprint. Some super-rich people are seeking to map their entire human genome at a six figure price while some companies are offering more affordable genetic compatibility test to help you find the perfect other half. If you like, it is not very difficult to make your DNA fingerprint a piece of art that hangs on the wall in your home, or you can choose to bank your DNA materials for the unlimited potentials of testing for various purposes in the future.
After all, DNA is unique to you and does not change. With this type of ownership, everyone can find some fun playing with it!