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Forensic Science


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Forensic science (often shortened to forensics) is the practical application of science to matters of the law. In criminal law, forensics science can help prove the guilt or innocence of the defendant. In civil actions, forensics can help resolve a broad spectrum of legal issues through the identification, analysis and evaluation of physical evidence.

Forensic science draws upon a variety of scientific principles, including biology, physics and chemistry. The field of forensic science covers:

  • Document examination;
  • DNA analysis;
  • Electronic/digital media;
  • Fingerprinting;
  • Autopsy techniques;
  • Forensic engineering;
  • Linguistics;
  • Forensic anthropology;
  • Pathology;
  • Economics;
  • Accounting;
  • Biology;
  • Entomology;
  • Toxicology and much more.

    Forensic scientists use cutting-edge scientific techniques to preserve and examine evidence and develop investigative leads in connection with civil and criminal proceedings.

  • Also Known As: Forensics

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