Molecular Biology and the Dispersion of Technique

in Truth Machine

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780226498065
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226498089 | DOI:
Molecular Biology and the Dispersion of Technique

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This chapter discusses inquiries made by several administrative agencies in the United States in the 1990s to determine whether or not forensic uses of DNA profiling techniques were acceptable to the larger scientific community, and not just to a narrower community of forensic specialists. These inquiries assumed that the molecular biological principles behind forensic DNA testing were unproblematic. The main issue of investigation was whether the conditions of forensic investigation were a source of problems that did not arise in other contexts of use since it was originally developed in biomedical research and testing.

Keywords: DNA profiling; United States; molecular biological principles; forensic investigation; administrative agencies; biomedical research

Chapter.  11922 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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