Folder 8 - DNA and Disaster Victim Identification

Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) is a novel form of expert practice of recent origin.  However, the identification of disaster victims, where mass deaths follow natural or man-made catastrophes such as earthquakes, air disasters, floods, military actions and ‘genocide’, has been hugely advanced by the application of advances in DNA profiling. Disaster victim identification by DNA also touches on areas of profound significance to contemporary society, including the contested authority of science and technology; the effect of novel technologies on beliefs and practices to do with death, burial and mourning; notions of kinship, citizenship, community and continuity; and professionalization and training within an emerging discipline. The papers included in this folder consider social, ethical, cultural or political aspects of this scientific and technological practice.

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