Essential Forensic Biology

ISBN-10: 0470758031

ISBN-13: 9780470758038

Edition: 2nd 2009

Authors: Alan Gunn
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Description: From the reviews of the first edition:"Overall, I give it my highest recommendation. I was unable to find a single paragraph that was no fascinating, despite being sad or gruesome at times." E-STREAMS"The author does an excellent job of demonstrating how biological science can, and does, contribute to legal investigations..." THE QUARTERLY REVIEW OF BIOLOGYFully revised and updated, this second edition of a highly successful text carefully guides the reader through the science of biology in legal investigations. Now in full colour throughout, the book provides a detailed description of the decay process, and discusses the role of forensic indicators - human fluids and tissues, including blood cells, bloodstain pattern analysis, hair, teeth, bones and wounds. It also considers the role microorganisms, invertebrates and plants play within forensic investigations before considering future directions in forensic science.The book examines the study of forensic biology in cases of suspicious death, and also explores the organisms used in a range of legal investigations; from human and animal neglect to food spoilage, structural damage, the illegal collection/trade of protected species and bioterrorism. New case studies have been included in this edition with multi choice questions now available at the end of each chapter to enhance student understanding.An invaluable introductory text for all students taking forensic science courses, the book features a fully integrated website that covers forensic entomology with additional material and figures from the text to enhance student understanding.

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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 1/23/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 436
Size: 9.75" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.002
Language: English

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Human Remains: Decay, DNA, Tissues and Fluids
The decay, discovery and recovery of human bodies
The dead body
The stages of decomposition
Factors affecting the speed of decay
Discovery and recovery of human remains
Determining the age and provenance of skeletonized remains
Future developments
Body fluids and waste products
Blood Cells and blood typing
Methods for detecting blood
Confirming the presence of blood
Bloodstain pattern analysis
Artificial blood
Post mortem toxicological analysis of blood
Saliva and semen
Vitreous humor
Faeces and urine as forensic indicators
Future directions
Molecular biology
The structure of DNA
DNA sampling
DNA profiling
Polymerase chain reaction
Short tandem repeat markers
Single nucleotide polymorphism markers
Determination of ethnicity
Determination of physical appearance
Determination of personality traits
Mobile element insertion polymorphisms
Mitochondrial DNA
RNA
DNA databases
Future developments
Human tissues
The outer body surface
Hair
Bones
Teeth
Future developments
Wounds
Definitions
Blunt force injuries
Sharp force traumas
Bone damage
Additional aspects of wound interpretation
Asphyxia
Pathology associated with drug use
Gunshot wounds
Bite marks
Burns and scalds
Ageing of wounds
Post mortem injuries
Future developments
Invertebrates and Vertebrates
Invertebrates 1: biological aspects
An introduction to invertebrate biology
Invertebrates as forensic indicators in cases of murder of suspicious death
Invertebrates as a cause of death
Invertebrates as forensic indicators in cases of neglect and animal welfare
The role of invertebrates in food spoilage and hygiene litigation
The illegal trade in invertebrates
Invertebrate identification techniques
Future directions
Invertebrates 2: practical aspects
Calculating the PMI/time since infestation from invertebrate development rates
Complicating factors affecting earliest oviposition date calculations
Determination of the PMI using invertebrate species composition
Determination of the PMI using ectoparasites
Determination of movement from invertebrate evidence
Invertebrate evidence in cases of wound myiasis and neglect
Detection of drugs, toxins and other chemicals in invertebrates
Obtaining human/vertebrate DNA evidence from invertebrates
Determining the source and duration of invertebrate infestations of food products
Collecting invertebrates for forensic analysis
Killing and preserving techniques for invertebrates
Future directions
Vertebrates
Introduction
Vertebrate scavenging of human corpses
Vertebrates causing death and injury
Neglect and abuse of vertebrates
Vertebrates and drugs
Vertebrates and food hygiene
Illegal trade and killing of protected species of vertebrates
Identification of vertebrates
Future directions
Protists, Fungi, Plants and Microbes
Protists, fungi and plants
Introduction
Protists
Fungi
Plants
Plant secondary metabolites as sources of drugs and poisons
Illegal trade in protected plant species
Future directions
Bacteria and viruses
Introduction
The role of microorganisms in the decomposition process
Microbial profiles as identification tools
Microbial infections and human behaviour
Microbial infections that can be mistaken for signs of criminal activity
The use of microorganisms in bioterrorism
Future directions
References
Index
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