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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Kaye on Chimeric Criminals

Kaye davidDavid H. Kaye (The Pennsylvania State University) has posted Chimeric Criminals (Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology, Vol. 14, No. 1, Fall 2012) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

According to the book Genetic Justice: DNA Databanks, Criminal Investigations, and Civil Liberties — described as “the single most comprehensive articulation of the civil-liberties concerns associated with law-enforcement DNA databases,” “a series of measured arguments,” and “a touchstone for debates about the spread of DNA profiling” — an obscure genetic condition known as chimerism “could undermine the very basis of the forensic DNA system” and force a reconsideration of “the entire project of forensic DNA.” This conclusion is as unfounded as it is unnerving. Chimerism is a consideration in, but not a real obstacle to DNA identification. This essay explains why.

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