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Applying advances in forensic genetics: When global science meets local legality

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Matthias Wienroth, Professor Robin Williams


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This paper discusses the nature of four waves of technological innovations in forensic genetics alongside the social, legal and ethical aspect of these innovations. It emphasises the way in which technological advances and their socio-legal frameworks are co-produced, shaping technology expectations, social identities, and legal institutions. It also considers how imagined and actual uses of forensic genetic technologies are entangled with assertions about social order, affirmations of common values and civil rights, and promises about security and justice. Our comments seek to encourage the participation of scientific actors in the development of anticipatory governance deliberations concerning the widening application of forensic genetics in an increasing number of criminal and civil jurisdictions. 

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Author(s): Wienroth M, Morling N, Williams R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Recent Advances in DNA & Gene Sequences

Year: 2014

Volume: 8

Issue: 2

Pages: 98-103

Print publication date: 01/05/2015

Online publication date: 01/05/2015

Acceptance date: 04/03/2015

ISSN (print): 2352-0922

ISSN (electronic): 2352-0930

Publisher: Bentham Science


DOI: 10.2174/2352092209666150328010557


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