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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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Fixing Controversy, Performing Closure

Fixing Controversy, Performing Closure

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(p.220) Chapter Seven Fixing Controversy, Performing Closure
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Truth Machine
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226498089.003.0011

This chapter examines the so-called administrative fixes designed to protect forensic evidence from common lines of courtroom attack. It explains the concept of closure in relation to the legal and scientific disputes about DNA typing and outlines some of the technical, legal, and administrative fixes that were used to effectively end that disputes. The chapter argues that the scientific credibility that DNA typing currently enjoys has much to do with the administration of objectivity.

Keywords:   administrative fixes, forensic evidence, closure, scientific disputes, DNA typing, scientific credibility, administration of objectivity

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