Forensic Biology

Forensic Biology

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Designed as an accessible introduction to basic scientific principles and their application in professional practice, Forensic Biology provides a concise overview of the field. Focusing solely on the science behind the forensic analysis of biological evidence, this book highlights the principles, methods, and techniques used in forensic serologic and forensic DNA analysis.
Divided into two areas, the first addresses the identification of biological fluids including blood, semen, and saliva. Chapters instruct on the identification techniques involved in presumptive and confirmatory tests. The second area covers the individualization of biological evidence using forensic DNA techniques. The book demonstrates extraction methods, quantization methods, DNA profiling analysis, and interpretation of results.
Each technique introduced in this text is preceded by a brief background of its development and the basic principles that support the technique and its applications. All methods are discussed in detail and accompanied by schematic illustrations where appropriate. Each chapter presents study questions, and references. Instructors have access to a CD containing PowerPoint lecture slides.
Emphasizing the fundamentals of basic science and its application to forensic biology, this book provides a solid scientific grounding and familiarity with not just the principles of biological and biochemical processes that occur in forensic analysis, but also the language and vocabulary of forensic biology. The explanations are accessible and straightforward, and informative to facilitate effective learning.

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Designed for students but also useful for those on the job, this focuses on the science behind the forensic analysis of biological evidence and on serologic and DNA analysis. Li (forensics, Indian U.-Purdue U. Indianapolis) starts by describing the basics behind forensic biology, then addresses sources of DNA evidence, crime scene investigation and laboratory analysis of biological evidence; essential serology, including concepts and techniques; forensic serology, including identification of blood, species identification, identification of semen and saliva, blood groups typing and protein profiling; basic DNA techniques, including a precise introduction and descriptions of extraction, quantification, amplification by polymerase chain reaction, electrophoresis and detection methods; forensic DNA profiling, including variable number tandem repeat profiling, autosomal STR profiling, Y chromosome profiling and gender typing, single nucleotide polymorphism profiling, and mitochondrial DNA profiling; and related forensic subjects such as DNA databases, the evaluation of the results, quality assurance and quality control. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press/Taylor & Grancis Group, 2008
ISBN: 9781420043433
Characteristics: xviii, 430 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm


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