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Forensic science, a very short introduction, Jim Fraser

Forensic science, a very short introduction, Jim Fraser
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 129-130) and index
index present
Literary Form
non fiction
Main title
Forensic science
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Responsibility statement
Jim Fraser
Series statement
Very short introductions, 211
Sub title
a very short introduction
Due to its connections to violent crime and ingenious detective work, forensic science is a subject of endless fascination to the general public. A criminal case can often hinge on a piece of evidence such as a hair, a blood trace, a bit of saliva on a cigarette butt, or the telltale mark of a tire tread. High profile cases have stoked this interest in recent years and some of the most popular shows on television--such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and its raft of spin-offs--attest to the enduring popularity of forensic science as a form of grisly entertainment. This Very Short Introduction looks at the nature of forensic science, examining what forensic science is, how it is used in the investigation of crime, how crime scenes are managed, how forensic scientists work, the different techniques used to recover evidence, and the range of methods available for analysis. It also considers how forensic science serves the criminal justice system and the challenges of communicating complex scientific evidence in a court of law
Table Of Contents
What is forensic science? -- Investigating crime -- Crime scene management and forensic investigation -- Laboratory examination: search, recovery, and analysis -- DNA: identity, relationships, and databases -- Prints and marks: more ways to identify people and things -- Trace evidence -- Drugs: identifying illicit substances -- Science and justice
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