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"Forensic DNA evidence has helped convict the guilty, exonerate the wrongfully convicted, identify victims of genocide, and reunite families torn apart by war and repressive regimes. Yet many of the scientific, legal, and ethical concepts that underpin forensic DNA evidence remain unclear to the general public, judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys and students of law, forensic sciences, ethics, and genetics. Silent Witness examines the history and development of DNA forensics, its applications in the courtroom and humanitarian settings, and the relevant scientific, legal, and psychosocial issues. This book describes the DNA technology used to compare the genetic profile of a crime scene sample to that of a suspect as well as the statistical interpretation of a match. It also reviews how databases can be searched to identify suspects and how DNA evidence can be used to exonerate the wrongfully convicted. Recent developments in DNA technology are reviewed as are strategies for analyzing samples with multiple contributors.Silent Witness recounts how the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo searched for children kidnapped during military rule in Argentina as well as recent efforts to locate missing children in El Salvador. Other chapters examine the role that DNA forensics played in the identification of victims of genocide in Bosnia and terrorism in the post 9/11 era. Social anthropologists, legal scholars and scientists then explore current applications of DNA analysis in human trafficking, mass catastrophes, border policies affecting immigration, and the ethical issues associated with privacy, informed consent and the potential misuse of genetic data"-- Provided by publisher.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Introduction: Genetics for Justice Part I. DNA Technology and Individual Identification 1. In the Beginning: Forensic Applications of DNA Technologies / Henry Erlich 2. Exonerating the Wrongfully Convicted / Justin Brooks and Desiree Moshayedi 3. Analysis of Forensic Mixtures / Michael Coble, Bruce Budwole, and Henry Erlich 4. Forensic DNA Data Banks and Data Mining: Balancing Societal Interests and Public Safety / Frederick R. Bieber 5. Recent Developments in Forensic DNA Technology / Henry Erlich, Cassandra Calloway, and Steven B. Lee 6. Microbial Forensics: From Epidemiology to Crime Investigations / Antti Sajantila and Bruce Budwole Part II. Human Rights and Humanitarian Disasters 7. The Living Disappeared: Forensic DNA Typing and the Search for Argentina's Stolen Children / Mariana Herrera Piñero, Eric Stover, Melina Tupa, and Victor B. Penchaszadeh 8. Disappeared, Not Lost: Finding El Salvador's Missing Children / Andrea Lampros, Montserrat Martínez Gómez, Christián Orrego ́Benavente, and Patricia Vásquez Marías 9. Large Scale Identification of the Missing: Experiences and Perspectives of the International Commission on Missing Persons / Andrea Kleiser and Thomas J. Parsons 10. Tracing Windblown Seeds: Genetic Information as a Biometric for Tracking Migrants / Sara H. Katsanis 11. Preventing a Third Death: Identification of Missing Migrants at the US-Mexico Border / Sara H. Katsanis and Katherine M. Spradley 12. Taking Stock: DNA Testing and Its Complex Truths / Dawnie Steadman and Sarah Wagner Part III. Challenges and Debates 13. Admissibility of DNA Evidence in Court / Andrea Roth 14. Immediacy and Authority: Identification Efforts in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the World Trade Center / Amy Mundorff and Sarah Wagner 15. Forensic Genetics, Ethics, Privacy, and Public Policy / Thomas J. White and Steven B. Lee Conclusion: The Future of Forensic DNA Analysis Index
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Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (ProQuest, viewed on November 05, 2020).
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Print version: Silent witness New York : Oxford University Press, 2020.