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An Evaluation of Forensic DNA Databases Using Different Conceptions Of Identity
Linköping University, Department of Culture and Communication, Centre for Applied Ethics.
2007 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Magister), 20 points / 30 hpStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Forensic DNA databases are expanding in both use and range. In particular, the U.K. and U.S. are developing new techniques and policies in regards to their forensic DNA databases with the hope of increasing the role of forensic DNA databases in criminal investigations. Despite the goal of reducing crime, there are ethical concerns that arise with the ways in which these forensic DNA databases are being developed. This paper outlines the technical aspects of forensic DNA databases and then describes different conceptions of identity, using race as an example of a constructed identity that is relevant in the use of forensic DNA databases. Then it explains how forensic DNA databases construct a unique identity with the goal of ascribing this to people and groups. This ascribed identity is problematic, and different problems that are related to identity are discussed. Despite the benefits of forensic DNA databases, these problems are ethically relevant and as such, a series of policy recommendations are made with the aim of balancing the harms and benefits of forensic DNA databases.

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Centrum för tillämpad etik , 2007. , 72 p.
Keyword [en]
Forensic DNA Database, Ethics, Identity, Criminal, Social Construction
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-9163ISRN: LIU-CTE-AE-EX--07/01--SEOAI: diva2:23785
2007-05-31, CTE Conference Room, Key Building, 10:00
Available from: 2007-06-08 Created: 2007-06-08

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