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    DescriptionDNA 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. "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.

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    Truth Machine
    The Contentious History of DNA Fingerprinting
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Michael Lynch, By (author) Simon A. Cole, By (author) Ruth McNally, By (author) Kathleen Jordan
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 416
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 558 g
    ISBN 13: 9780226498072
    ISBN 10: 0226498077

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    Libri: I-SE
    B&T General Subject: 710
    Abridged Dewey: 579
    BISAC V2.8: SCI045000
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    BISAC V2.8: MED030000
    LC classification: QR
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    The University of Chicago Press
    Imprint name
    University of Chicago Press
    Publication date
    01 May 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Chicago, IL
    Author Information
    Michael 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.
    Review quote
    "I could not put it down. This is a must-read for anyone interested in the history of science." (Times Higher Education) "An interesting read.... It illustrates that the controversy of DNA profiling is rooted not in the science, but mainly in the restrictions of the adversarial system." (Nature)"