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

Matthias Wienroth, Niels Morling, 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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)98-103
Number of pages6
JournalRecent advances in DNA & gene sequences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2014


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