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Contrasts And Comparisons: Three Practices Of Forensic Investigation

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This chapter examines three cases of profiling: &t;conventional&t; DNA profiling, inferring visible traits from DNA, and inferring of visible traits based on CCTV recordings. In discussing the first case, the details of DNA profiles, the author argues that both individuals and populations are effects of the technologies applied, and thus of the very comparisons established. In discussing the second case, the practice of profiling, the author addresses the legal and scientific aspects of visible traits, and shows how race has become relevant again for these novel applications of DNA profiling. The third case, though of a different kind, allows us to consider future applications of visible traits based on DNA and some of its political implications. In each of these cases identifying an individual is based on drawing comparisons to some population. The chapter briefly examines examine mp3 - Murder case that took place in Belgium in 2006.

Keywords: CCTV recordings; forensic DNA; mp3-murder case; visible traits



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