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dc.contributor.authorCurtis, Cate
dc.identifier.citationCurtis, C. (2009). Public perceptions and expectations of the forensic use of DNA. Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society , 29(4), 313-324.en
dc.description.abstractThe forensic use of Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) is demonstrating significant success as a crime-solving tool. However, numerous concerns have been raised regarding the potential for DNA use to contravene cultural, ethical, and legal codes. In this article the expectations and level of knowledge of the New Zealand public of the DNA data-bank and the surrounding processes are discussed. A questionnaire was developed in consultation with key stakeholders, comprising a combination of open and closed questions. The ensuing survey comprised a sample of 100 participants. Although participants initially appeared in favor of the forensic use of DNA, particularly in regard to the collection of DNA from sex offenders, perceptions and attitudes were based on limited knowledge of processes, policies, and implications. Upon further discussion and reflection a number of concerns were raised, such as ownership of DNA samples and the potential for misuse.en
dc.publisherSage Publications, Inc.en_NZ
dc.subjectDNA profilingen
dc.subjectDNA fingerprintingen
dc.subjectpublic attitudesen
dc.subjectpublic perceptions forensicen
dc.titlePublic perceptions and expectations of the forensic use of DNAen
dc.typeJournal Articleen
dc.relation.isPartOfBulletin of Science, Technology & Societyen_NZ

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