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The Coming Paradigm Shift in Forensic Identification Science


Michael J. Saks


Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Jonathan J. Koehler


Northwestern University - School of Law


Science, Vol. 309, p. 892, August 2005

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Converging legal and scientific forces are pushing the traditional forensic identification sciences toward fundamental change. The assumption of discernible uniqueness that resides at the core of these fields is weakened by evidence of errors in proficiency testing and in actual cases. Changes in the law pertaining to the admissibility of expert evidence in court, together with the emergence of DNA typing as a model for a scientifically defensible approach to questions of shared identity, are driving the older forensic sciences toward a new scientific paradigm.

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Keywords: forensic science, scientific evidence, forensics

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Date posted: February 26, 2007  

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Saks, Michael J. and Koehler, Jonathan J., The Coming Paradigm Shift in Forensic Identification Science. Science, Vol. 309, p. 892, August 2005. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=962968

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Michael J. Saks (Contact Author)
Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law ( email )
Box 877906
Tempe, AZ 85287-7906
United States
Jonathan J. Koehler
Northwestern University - School of Law ( email )
375 E. Chicago Ave
Unit 1505
Chicago, IL 60611
United States
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