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Truth MachineThe Contentious History of DNA Fingerprinting$
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Michael Lynch, Simon A. Cole, and Ruth McNally

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226498065

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226498089.001.0001

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A Revolution in Forensic Science?

A Revolution in Forensic Science?

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(p.1) Chapter One A Revolution in Forensic Science?
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226498089.003.0001

This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this book, which is about the scientific revolution in forensic science. The book traces how forensic DNA testing attained such extraordinary status, analyzes some of its implications for criminal justice, and considers how the attribution of scientific status to DNA evidence seems to have lifted it above and beyond the contestable status of other forms of expert and nonexpert evidence. It examines courtroom dialogues and judicial summaries of trials and admissibility hearings in which DNA profile evidence was challenged, and argues that the credibility of DNA fingerprinting and its occasional vulnerability to attack arises from institutional practices that support or undermine the credibility of less glamorous forms of criminal evidence.

Keywords:   forensic science, DNA testing, criminal justice, expert evidence, nonexpert evidence, trials, DNA profile, DNA fingerprinting, criminal evidence

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