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This study is one of a series of studies funded by the European Commission to look at the socio-economic impacts of the new science of biotechnology. Bringing together viewpoints from many different legal systems, this volume compares the ways that countries deal with issues of proof by deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) fingerprinting. Prior to the discovery of this accurate means of identifying people, legal systems had their own ways of dealing with the uncertainties of identification. Now that more accurate proof of identify is possible, legal systems around the world are having to adapt to the use of such proof in paternity of inheritance suits, and as proof in criminal cases. With contributions from experts in each of the countries, this examination of the different national legislations provides an eye-opening basis for reflection to policymakers, legislators, members of the legal profession, philosophers, professionals of the social services and indeed, to the general public as a whole.

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Authors: CEC, CEC Bruxelles (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Report: EN (1997) 261pp., ECU 12.50
Availability: Available from the (2)
ISBN: ISBN 92-827-9175-O
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