Truth Machine: The Contentious History of DNA Fingerprinting

Truth Machine: The Contentious History of DNA Fingerprinting

by Michael Lynch, Simon A. Cole, Ruth McNally, Kathleen Jordan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226498069

ISBN-13: 9780226498065

Pub. Date: 12/01/2008

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

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. Truth Machine traces the controversial history of

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Overview

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. Truth Machine 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. Ultimately, Truth Machine presents compelling evidence of the obstacles and opportunities at the intersection of science, technology, sociology, and law.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226498065
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
12/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments

Chapter 1.     A Revolution in Forensic Science?
                     Interlude A.   DNA Profiling Techniques
Chapter 2.     A Techno-Legal Controversy
                     Interlude B.   Admissibility, Controversy, and Judicial Metascience
Chapter 3.     Molecular Biology and the Dispersion of Technique
Chapter 4.     Chains of Custody and Administrative Objectivity
                     Interlude C: The U.K. National DNA Database
Chapter 5.     Deconstructing Probability in the Case R. v. Deen
                     Interlude D.   Bayesians, Frequentists, and the DNA Database Search Controversy
Chapter 6.     Science, Common Sense, and DNA Evidence
Chapter 7.     Fixing Controversy, Performing Closure
Chapter 8.     Postclosure
                     Interlude E.    Fingerprinting and Probability
Chapter 9.     Fingerprinting: An Inversion of Credibility
Chapter 1.     Finality?

Cases
References
Index

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