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BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Modified: February 16, 2010 at 4:17 am •  Published: February 16, 2010
Measures that would allow DNA testing for those arrested on murder or rape complaints, outlawing human-animal hybrids and ensuring a mother’s consent to an abortion is voluntary passed a House committee Monday.

House Bill 2751 would require those arrested on murder or rape complaints to submit to having a mouth swab taken to collect DNA samples, said the measure’s author, Rep. Lee Denney, R-Cushing.

"A DNA sample is the fingerprint of the 21st century,” Denney told members of the House Judiciary Committee. "It exonerates the innocent and convicts the guilty.”

Denney has tried the past couple years to get DNA samples from people arrested, but final measures have been changed to require convictions before DNA samples could be taken. The measure passed, 9-1, and now goes to the full House.

HB 3078 would prohibit human-animal hybrids from being developed in the state. Rep. Rebecca Hamilton, the bill’s author, said the United Kingdom in 2008 passed a law allowing the creation of hybrid human-animal embryos to help develop cancer treatments.

Hamilton, D-Oklahoma City, said researchers in other states are looking at implanting human brain cells into mice. Her measure would ban cells from brains and sexual organs of humans from being transplanted into animals.