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Truth Machine: The Contentious History of DNA Fingerprinting

Michael Lynch, Simon A. Cole, and Ruth McNally


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. This book 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. It covers techniques of DNA profiling, DNA evidence, statistics and probability, and the c ... More

Keywords: DNA profiling, DNA fingerprinting, truth machine, DNA database, United States, United Kingdom, DNA evidence, statistics, probability

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226498065
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226498089.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Lynch, author

Simon A. Cole, author

Ruth McNally, author