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 discusses some implications of the exceptional and extraordinary power now granted to DNA profiling, suggests that the transition of DNA profiling from fallibility to irrefutability was bridged by the use of probability figures to estimate the probative value of DNA evidence. The analysis of challenges to DNA probability figures showed that the information value of DNA evidence and the probability estimates associated with such evidence continue to be based on judgments in fields of possibility. DNA profiling has also been used to support and even promote the use of the death penalty, and it also enhances the state's ability to monitor and control the detailed conduct of individuals.

Keywords: DNA profiling; probative value; DNA evidence; probability estimates; death penalty; evidence; possibility

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Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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