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.

Bite Marks

Bite marks have now become one of the many different ways in which an assailant can be identified after an attack on another individual. Bite Marks and Crime For the most part bite marks are either present on the victim of a sexually motivated attack or are present on the …

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Blunt Force Trauma

Blunt force trauma is – as its name would suggest – a severe traumatic episode caused to the body or head with the sudden introduction of a blunt instrument used with great force. This can sometimes be caused by an attacker striking out at a victim with their hands, a …

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Entrance and Exit Wounds

Entrance and exit wounds are more often than not the result of an individual being shot by an assailant with some kind of firearm. Of course entrance and exit wounds can be made if an individual is stabbed with a large sharp knife or spike but as already mentioned more …

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DNA Fingerprinting

The term DNA fingerprinting – or genetic fingerprinting – is applied to the scientific process whereby samples of DNA are collected, collated and used to match other samples of DNA, which may have been found at the scene of a crime. Why Use DNA Fingerprinting? This process is used as …

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Bodily Fluids in Forensic Science

There are many different types of bodily fluid that are secreted by the body and are also present within the body at any given time. These fluids may be useful in helping forensic scientists and pathologists put together a detailed picture of how an individual died and likewise may also …

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Blood Types

The first question to ask and indeed to answer when looking into the area of blood types is: what is blood? What is Blood? Blood is – for the most part – the liquid part of the human body, which is called Plasma; and this Plasma contains proteins, clotting factors, …

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Identifying the Victim

When it comes to identifying the deceased forensic science and forensic medicine are both crucial weapons in any law enforcement agency’s armoury. Difficulty in Identification Identifying the victim can sometimes not be as simple as looking at their face and matching them to a description given by a worried relative …

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The Rate of Decay in a Corpse

The rate of decay within the human body after death is normally split into two distinct categories. These are: Autolysis: A process of self-digestion where the body’s enzymes contained within cells begin to go into a post death meltdown. The process can be speeded up by extreme heat and likewise …

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Estimating The Time of Death

Estimating the time of death for the deceased is something else that the pathologist will have to do during the course of his autopsy procedures. In addition to this he or she may be called upon at the scene of a crime whilst carrying out their external examinations to try …

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Determining Cause of Death

Determining cause of death is the most important task a pathologist can perform during the course of an autopsy. In terms of legality it is a necessity for law enforcement to be able to prove beyond any doubt that the deceased has died of means other than natural causes. Indeed …

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