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What is forensics?
Question Date: 2003-05-21
Answer 1:

Forensics is the use of science and technology to investigate and establish facts in criminal or civil courts of law. What this means is that people trained in a certain technology or area of science can use their skills to find clues at crime scenes that will help identify the criminal.

One example would be a scientist that can look at DNA found in blood and tell who the blood came from. Another scientist can look at tire tracks and find out what kind of car made them. There are many different kinds of forensics and it is a very exciting job.

Answer 2:

"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.

Answer 3:

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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