in Truth Machine

Published by University of Chicago Press

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

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This chapter, which examines the postclosure phase of the history of DNA profiling, discusses the extraordinary credibility currently assigned to DNA profiling and some of the legal implications of that credibility. It analyzes some criminal cases which indicated that some familiar problems still attend the use of forensic DNA evidence, despite the widespread assumption of infallibility. The chapter also considers how the assumption that forensic DNA evidence was no longer assailable became a logical foundation for questioning and evaluating other forms of evidence.

Keywords: DNA profiling; credibility; legal implications; forensic DNA evidence; assumption of infallibility; evidence

Chapter.  15960 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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