For centuries, anthropologists, geneticists, molecular biologists, physicians, and sundry forensic scientists have been using biological indicia of individuality—from dermatoglyphics to DNA—for legal and social purposes. In this talk, Prof. Kaye described the process by which a biometric test or theory moves from the laboratory into the courtroom or the broader society. He drew on the history of DNA typing and ordinary fingerprinting for lessons about the process and how it can be improved. He also speculated on the future of the rapidly growing DNA databases for criminal investigations and the implications of genetic-identification technologies for personal privacy.
Listen to Professor Kaye's interview on Minnesota Public Radio.
Read the related article from the Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology.
The Deinard Memorial Lecture on Law & Medicine is co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota's Joint Degree Program in Law, Health & the Life Sciences and the Center for Bioethics.
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