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Chimeric Criminals


David H. Kaye


Pennsylvania State University, Penn State Law

April 7, 2012

Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology, Vol. 14, No. 1, Fall 2012
Penn State Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 4-2012

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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.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 8

Keywords: DNA evidence, false exonerations, chimerism


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Date posted: April 8, 2012 ; Last revised: February 24, 2014

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Kaye, David H., Chimeric Criminals (April 7, 2012). Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology, Vol. 14, No. 1, Fall 2012; Penn State Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 4-2012. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2035945

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Pennsylvania State University, Penn State Law ( email )
Lewis Katz Building
University Park, PA 16802
United States

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