Technological Innovations in Forensic Genetics: Social, Legal and Ethical Aspects

Wienroth, Matthias, Morling, Niels and Williams, Robin (2014) Technological Innovations in Forensic Genetics: Social, Legal and Ethical Aspects. Recent Advances in DNA & Gene Sequences, 8 (2). pp. 98-103. ISSN 2352-0930

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Anticipatory governance, innovation waves, forensic genetics, phenotyping, familial searching, high throughput sequencing
Subjects: F400 Forensic and Archaeological Science
L400 Social Policy
L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Life Sciences > Applied Sciences
Depositing User: Matthias Wienroth
Date Deposited: 05 May 2015 10:04
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2015 11:08
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/22294

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