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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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Fingerprinting: An Inversion of Credibility

Fingerprinting: An Inversion of Credibility

(p.302) Chapter Nine Fingerprinting: An Inversion of Credibility
Truth Machine
University of Chicago Press

This chapter, which examines the inversion of relations between DNA fingerprinting and latent print identification, commonly known as fingerprinting, traces how DNA profiling went from measuring itself against fingerprinting to becoming the standard against which fingerprinting was measured. It argues that the process of achieving closure around forensic DNA profiling ruptured the closure that for many decades had surrounded fingerprinting and other established forms of comparison evidence, and discusses how this rupture led proponents of older forensic identification techniques to fight back to repair the damage done by the ascendance of DNA profiling.

Keywords:   DNA fingerprinting, latent print identification, forensic DNA profiling, comparison evidence, forensic identification techniques

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