Truth Machine

Michael Lynch, Simon A. Cole and Ruth McNally

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780226498065
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226498089 | DOI:
Truth Machine

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DNA profiling—commonly known as DNA fingerprinting—is often heralded as unassailable criminal evidence, a veritable “truth machine” that can overturn convictions based on eyewitness testimony, confessions, and other forms of forensic evidence. But DNA evidence is far from infallible. This book traces the controversial history of DNA fingerprinting by looking at court cases in the United States and United Kingdom beginning in the mid-1980s, when the practice was invented, and continuing until the present. It covers techniques of DNA profiling, DNA evidence, statistics and probability, and the controversy of DNA databases, ultimately presenting compelling evidence of the obstacles and opportunities at the intersection of science, technology, sociology, and law.

Keywords: DNA profiling; DNA fingerprinting; truth machine; DNA database; United States; United Kingdom; DNA evidence; statistics; probability

Book.  413 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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