Table of Contents

Science for hire.
DNA on trial.
Challenging DNA.
Public science.
The DNA wars.
The debate in Washington.
The DNA wars are over.
The legacy of history. When DNA profiling was first introduced into the American legal system in 1987, it was heralded as a technology that would revolutionize law enforcement. As an investigative tool, it has lived up to much of this hype?it is regularly used to track down unknown criminals, put murderers and rapists behind bars, and exonerate the innocent. Yet, this promise took ten turbulent years to be fulfilled. In Genetic Witness, Jay D. Aronson uncovers the dramatic early history of DNA profiling that has been obscured by the technique?s recent success. He demonstrates that robust quality control and quality.