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