What is Forensic Science ?
Investigations concerning the London bombings, murder cases specially where there are a dearth of witnesses, paternity disputes etc. all have one factor in common today – the vital and increasing role of forensic experts.
Forensic science is the application of science to law. In criminal cases forensic scientists are often involved in the search for and examination of physical traces which might be useful for establishing or excluding an association between someone suspected of committing a crime and the scene of the crime or victim. Such traces commonly include blood and other body fluids, hair, textile fibres from clothing, precious metals etc, materials used in buildings such as paint and glass, footwear, tool and tyre marks, flammable substances used to start fires and so on. Sometimes the scientist has to visit the scene itself to advise about likely sequence of events, any indicators as to who the perpetrator might be, and to join in the initial search for evidence. Other forensic scientists analyse suspected drugs of abuse, specimens from people thought to have taken them or to have been driving after drinking too much alcohol, or to have been poisoned. Yet...