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Integrity, Trustworthiness, and Effectiveness: Towards an Ethos for Forensic Genetics

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posted on 2022-09-23, 09:00 authored by Matthias Wienroth, Aaron Opoku Amankwaa, Carole McCartney
Forensic genetics comes under critical scrutiny when developments challenge previously accepted legal, ethical, social, and other boundaries. Forensic geneticists continue to build a knowledge culture within a community of practice that acknowledges ethical standards of conduct in both research and the societal application of forensic genetics. As the community further cements and extends its societal role, and in that process often pushing at ethical and legal boundaries, it requires a strong, resilient, and responsive ethos that, in setting clear parameters for conduct, fosters the field’s sense of purpose. While supra-national declarations and human rights protections, coupled with local regulations, provide some parameters for practice, and discipline-specific guidance has refined an agenda for forensic genetics research and application, this maturing field needs to now define its core principles. This contribution proposes the values of integrity, trustworthiness, and effectiveness as a foundational triptych for a bespoke forensic genetics ethos to ensure the augmentation of developments that range from a purely science-oriented to a wider societally relevant knowledge culture.

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School of Law, University of Leicester

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Genes

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13

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8

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1453 - 1453

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MDPI AG

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2073-4425

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2022

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2022-09-23

Language

en

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