Forensic Science for Beginners

For many people, forensics is a fascinating but confusing field that is full of mystery and intrigue. Whether it's learning more about how criminal evidence is collected and stored or finding out how the legal system uses this information, everyone should explore the world of forensics. A skilled team of expert authors write all of our articles, which we hope will be informative and interesting to our huge and diverse readership.


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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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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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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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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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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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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Not only do each and every one of us have very individual traits and looks but we have one thing that makes us completely unique and cannot be altered: these are our fingerprints. Fingerprints – and their individuality – are one of the most important pieces of evidence that can …

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Forensic Photography

The use of photography in the recording of a crime scene is very important and has become a steadfast part of the investigation process. As well as witness statements, the reports made by officers and other physical evidence provided by the crime scene itself, photography is used to provide an …

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Recording and Preserving the Crime Scene

Once a crime scene has been established it is important that all evidence is collated, catalogued and recorded for further reference. This task is normally performed by the Scenes of Crime Officer (SOCO) and is carried out using a variety of methods. Methods of Preserving and Recording Evidence that is …

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