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As this volume goes to press it is not known whether O.J. Simpson will be convicted of having murdered his former wife and her friend. It is clear, however, that DNA evidence is playing a central part in the trial. The publicity given to the trial has meant that this kind of evidence has been discussed widely in the media, and so may mark a turning point—in the future there will be an expectation that DNA evidence will be sought in the same way that crime scenes are routinely examined for fingerprints.