"Forensics" means something that has to do with
legal stuff.The life sciences come into forensics
as a way of gathering evidence from biological
things. This could mean testing body fluids for
drugs and poisons, which is called "toxicology."
It could mean DNA evidence from people or crime
scenes. It could mean matching up a sample of
water from a pond and a victim's lungs. It could
mean examining human remains, living victims, or
suspects. I worked as a technician at the Montana
crime lab for about a year. Their motto is
"Justice through science." That's what biological
forensics is all about, using biological
information to solve crimes.
Forensics is the field of trying to solve
mysteries about crimes by calling upon scientific
evidence. For instance, if somebody has been
murdered and the body is found, forensics is used
to determine the age of the corpse (and thus the
time of death), which can either confirm or
eliminate murder suspects.
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