Fingerprinting: An Inversion of Credibility

in Truth Machine

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780226498065
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226498089 | DOI:
Fingerprinting: An Inversion of Credibility

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This chapter, which examines the inversion of relations between DNA fingerprinting and latent print identification, commonly known as fingerprinting, traces how DNA profiling went from measuring itself against fingerprinting to becoming the standard against which fingerprinting was measured. It argues that the process of achieving closure around forensic DNA profiling ruptured the closure that for many decades had surrounded fingerprinting and other established forms of comparison evidence, and discusses how this rupture led proponents of older forensic identification techniques to fight back to repair the damage done by the ascendance of DNA profiling.

Keywords: DNA fingerprinting; latent print identification; forensic DNA profiling; comparison evidence; forensic identification techniques

Chapter.  12310 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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