Forensic identification: From a faith-based "Science" to a scientific science

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This article reviews the fundamental assumptions of forensic identification (" individualization" ) science and notes the lack of empirical evidence or theory supporting its typical strong claims. The article then discusses three general research strategies for placing these fields on firmer scientific ground. It concludes by suggesting what forensic identification science experts can do while awaiting that scientific foundation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14-17
Number of pages4
JournalForensic Science International
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - Sep 2010


  • Candor
  • Empirical research
  • Forensic identification
  • Probability theory
  • Research strategies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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