Bloodstains, Tyre Tracks and Soil Samples

There are many different types of evidence that can be catalogued and used in the pursuit of criminals. As well as fingerprints and physical evidence such as bodily fluids and definitive eyewitness testimony; there are such things as bloodstains, tyre tracks and soil samples that can also be used. Bloodstains …

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What is DNA?

DNA – or Deoxyribonucleic Acid – is the building blocks of the human race and can be found within almost every cell of the human body. There are 46 chromosomes contained within a cell’s nucleus. What Does DNA Do? DNA holds information about the nature in which the body grows …

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Taking DNA Samples

DNA is a valuable and important means for making the identification of a suspect possible in criminal investigations. These DNA samples are normally obtained through means of bodily fluids or flecks of skin found at the scene or indeed on the corpse. DNA samples can also be taken from individuals …

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Hair and Fibres in Forensics

We have all doubtlessly watched television shows and/or movies where the mention of hair and fibre is made often when it comes to the discovery of a corpse or indeed the reporting of a crime. The Importance of Hair and Fibre Hair and fibre are two of the most important …

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Ballistics: The Use and Study of Firearms

Most of us will have heard the term Ballistics at some time or other – more often than not when we have been watching fictionalised accounts of police work on television or in the cinema. What is Ballistics? Ballistics is the area of Forensic Science that deals with firearms; how …

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Latent Prints

Latent Prints are one of three categories of fingerprints that can be found at the scene of a crime. About Fingerprints Fingerprints are split into three categories: Latent Impressed Patent Patent prints are those fingerprints that are easily spotted without the use of magnesium powders, ultra violet lights or chemicals …

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Forensic Science

To put forensic science in simply layman’s terms: it is the application of scientific procedures in conjunction with the law. Forensic science is the umbrella term for a collection of scientific procedures that can be employed when it comes to providing evidence that a crime has been committed and also …

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Toxicology

Toxicology is the area of forensic medicine that deals with the categorisation and determination of drugs within the human body and also how they are a contributing factor in criminal acts. There are many different kinds of drug available openly in our society today and many have side effects that …

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