Truth Machine

Truth Machine

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DNA profilinga€”commonly known as DNA fingerprintinga€”is often heralded as unassailable criminal evidence, a veritable a€œtruth machinea€ that can overturn convictions based on eyewitness testimony, confessions, and other forms of forensic evidence. But DNA evidence is far from infallible. Truth Machine 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. Ultimately, Truth Machine presents compelling evidence of the obstacles and opportunities at the intersection of science, technology, sociology, and law.The Contentious History of DNA Fingerprinting Michael Lynch, Simon A. Cole, Ruth McNally, Kathleen Jordan ... But unlike comparisons of fingerprints, handwriting samples, threads, hairs, or bite marks, DNA profile comparisons use laboratory methods and equipment that have ... and the latter referring to more recently developed techniques using the polymerase chain reaction as a key constituent.

Title:Truth Machine
Author: Michael Lynch, Simon A. Cole, Ruth McNally, Kathleen Jordan
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 2010-02-15

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