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- DescriptionDNA profiling - commonly kwn 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. 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, techlogy, sociology, and law.
- Author BiographyMichael Lynch is professor in the science and technology studies department at Cornell University. Simon A. Cole is the author of Suspect Identities: A History of Fingerprinting and Criminal Identification. Ruth McNally is a senior research fellow at the Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics at Lancaster University. Kathleen Jordan has a PhD in sociology from Boston University and is currently a student at the Rhode Island School of Design.
- Author(s)Kathleen Jordan,Michael Lynch,Ruth McNally,Simon A. Cole
- PublisherThe University of Chicago Press
- Date of Publication19/04/2011
- SubjectSocial Issues, Services & Welfare
- Place of PublicationChicago, IL
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Chicago Press
- Content Note33 halftones
- Weight558 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine28 mm
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