Tag Archives: Forensic science

“It seldom happens that any felicity comes…”: Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)


It seldom happens that any felicity comes so pure as not to be tempered and allayed by some mixture of sorrow.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) Discuss

Other quotations from Cervantes:

When the severity of the law is to be softened,
let pity, not bribes, be the motive.
– Miguel de Cervantes

When thou art at Rome, do as they do at Rome.
– Miguel de Cervantes

The most difficult character in comedy is that of the fool,
and he must be no simpleton that plays that part.
– Miguel de Cervantes

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ARTICLE: FORENSICS


Forensics

Forensics is the science and practice of examining physical evidence in order to resolve legal issues, particularly those related to crimes. It comprises a range of scientific disciplines, like forensic toxicology, which focuses on the effects of drugs and toxins on the body, and forensic pathology, which aims to establish cause of death through examination of the corpse. Popular TV shows glamorizing forensics have given viewers unrealistic expectations of the field, a phenomenon dubbed what? More…Discuss

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NEWS: DNA TEST TO TELL IDENTICAL TWINS APART


 

 

DNA Test to Tell Identical Twins Apart

 

 

 

Animation of the structure of a section of DNA...

Animation of the structure of a section of DNA. The bases lie horizontally between the two spiraling strands. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

DNA analysis is an invaluable forensic tool, but it has its limitations. Until now, crimes and paternity cases involving monozygotic—”identical”—twins could not be resolved using DNA, since the genetic makeup of such twins is virtually indistinguishable given current analysis methods. Even though there are minute differences between the genetic codes of identical twins, time constraints and prohibitive costs have kept tests to detect them out of reach of law enforcement. However, a relatively quick and affordable new DNA test could be the answer investigators have been looking for. More… Discuss

 

 

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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: GEORGE JOSEPH SMITH (1872)


George Joseph Smith (1872)

Smith was the English serial killer and bigamist behind the “Brides in the Bath” murders, a case that was a breakthrough in forensic investigation. Suspicions arose when three women were found dead in their bathtubs within three years—and each one had left money to her husband. However, none of the victims showed signs of violence. Smith’s perfect crime unraveled when the Detective Inspector was able to link him to each woman, and the pathologist determined that Smith had done what to them? More…Discuss

 

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