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DNA Evidence and Forensic Science

DNA Evidence and Forensic Science

DNA Evidence and Forensic Science

  • By: David E Newton

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ISBN: 9788130931456

Bind: Hardbound

Year: 2015

Pages: 272

Size: 153 x 229 mm

Publisher: Facts On File Inc.

Published in India by: Viva Books

Exclusive Distributors: Viva Books

Sales Territory: India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka


Recent developments in forensic methods have revolutionized crime scene investigations so that one piece of forensic evidence can often determine an individual's guilt or innocence. Tests involving fingerprinting, polygraphs, ballistics, toxicology, voice analysis, DNA typing, and other techniques can be combined or used independently to provide information about a crime. Some of these methods have been known and used for many centuries; others have been developed only recently. Some procedures create highly valid and reliable results; others generate conclusions that may be uncertain at best or legally useless. DNA Evidence and Forensic Science examines the history and opinions surrounding the issue-from the early use of fingerprinting to identify civil servants to the latest advances in DNA typing in criminal investigations. Documents such as the Employee Polygraph Protection Act of 1988 and contemporary case studies such as Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals provide multiple perspectives and decisions surrounding the issue while also plotting a course for the future of legislative action pertaining to DNA evidence and forensic science.
Each volume of the Viva Library in a Book series is carefully designed to be a first-stop research source on important current issues. Written clearly and carefully so that even the most complex aspects of the topic are easily understandable, the books give the reader the essential information to begin work, plus the research tools needed to delve more deeply into the issue. Each book includes a history of the subject, biographical information on important figures in the field, a complete annotated bibliography, and a carefully designed index-everything the researcher needs to get down to work.




Part I

Overview of the Topic
Chapter 1: Introduction to DNA evidence and forensic science
Chapter 2: The law relating to forensic science and DNA evidence
Chapter 3: Chronology
Chapter 4: Biographical listing
Chapter 5: Glossary

Part II
Guide to Further Research
Chapter 6 : How to Conduct Research on Forensic Science and DNA typing
Chapter 7:  Annotated Bibliography
Chapter 8: Organizations and Agencies

Part III

Appendix A: Methods Used in Bertillonage

Appendix B: Fingerprint patterns

Appendix C: Fry v United States, on the Admissibility of Expert Testimony

Appendix D: Employee Polygraph Protection Act of 1988

Appendix E: Polygraph Testing, US Military Rules of Evidence, Rule 707 (1991)

Appendix F: Daubert v Merrell, on the Admissibility of Expert Testimony, 1993

Appendix G: Statutory Requirements for DNA Testing (1994)

Appendix H: United States v Scheffer on the admissibility of polygraph test results, 1998

Appendix I:  State Laws concerned with Ballistic Fingerprinting (2000)

Appendix J:  Ballistics, Law Assistance, and Safety Technology Act(2002)

Appendix K: Advancing justice through DNA technology (2003)



About the Author:

David E. Newton holds an associate's degree in science from Grand Rapids Junior College, a B.A. in chemistry (with high distinction) and an M.A. in education from the University of Michigan, and an Ed.D. in science education from Harvard University. He is the author of more than 400 textbooks, encyclopedias, resource books, research manuals, laboratory manuals, trade books, and other educational materials. He taught mathematics and physical sciences in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for 13 years, was a professor of chemistry and physics at Salem State College in Massachusetts for 15 years, and was an adjunct professor in the College of Professional Studies at the University of San Francisco for 10 years.


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