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DNA Analysis

DNA Analysis

by William Hunter


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A flake of skin…a strand of hair…a fleck of saliva…a drop of blood everywhere we go we leave behind bits of ourselves that are as unique as fingerprints. Each cell contains genetic material called DNA, which holds information that scientists can use to learn about the person who left those cells behind. In the past twenty-five years researchers have made significant advances in all discipline of science, including the study of genetics. As science has leapt forward, the effect on forensics has been remarkable. New knowledge of DNA has dramatically changed the amount of information available to forensic scientists at the scene of a crime, opening doors that were never open before.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781422200261
Publisher: Mason Crest Publishers
Publication date: 11/28/2005
Series: Forensics Series: The Science of Crime-Solving
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 7.66(w) x 9.88(h) x 0.61(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

1 The Changing Face of Forensic Science 9

2 Introducing … DNA! 23

3 DNA Profiling: A Beginner's Guide 37

4 Evidence and Accuracy 53

5 The Use of DNA Databases to Catch Criminals 65

6 Tools of the Trade 77

7 Forensic Biology: A Promising Career? 91

Glossary 104

Further Reading 106

For More Information 107

Index 109

Picture Credits 110

Biographies 111

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