Lookup NU author(s): Professor Robin Williams,
Dr Matthias Wienroth
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This paper locates the use of DNA profiling within the contemporary disaster response apparatus as an instance of a historically contingent biometric identity regime. It considers why and how DNA profiling and profile matching, first developed to support criminal justice aims, have been adopted for disaster victim identification. The increasingly obligatory status of this identification technology in contemporary society is also discussed, as is the effect of its use on the status of prior philosophical assertions about the nature of personal identity.
Author(s): Williams R, Wienroth M
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: New Genetics and Society
Online publication date: 05/09/2014
Acceptance date: 15/07/2014
ISSN (print): 1463-6778
ISSN (electronic): 1469-9915
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
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