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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 Techno-Legal Controversy

A Techno-Legal Controversy

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(p.39) Chapter Two A Techno-Legal Controversy
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Truth Machine
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226498089.003.0003

This chapter reviews a controversy about forensic DNA testing that ran for several years in the late 1980s and early 1990s and which was brought to a head in the legal domain, particularly in contested admissibility hearings in U.S. state and federal courts. The key issue was whether DNA profiling retained its scientific status when it was transferred to the domain of criminal investigation. The most active phases of dispute included nonscientists such as judges and lawyers, as well as scientists and technical specialists from different fields.

Keywords:   forensic DNA testing, admissibility hearings, federal courts, criminal investigation, scientific status

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