Essential Forensic Biology / Edition 2

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Overview

This book is an introduction to the application of biology in legal investigations. Fully revised and updated throughout, the second edition of this highly successful textbook offers an accessible overview to the essentials of the subject providing a balanced coverage of the range of organisms used as evidence in forensic investigations; invertebrates, vertebrates, plants and microbes. The book provides an overview 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 examines the study of forensic biology in cases of suspicious death. The coverage of molecular techniques has been expanded throughout with additional material on bioterrorism and wildlife forensics now included. The use of DNA and RNA for the identification of individuals and their personal characteristics is now covered along with a discussion of the ethical issues associated with the maintenance of DNA databases. Fully revised and updated new edition of this highly successful textbook. Includes self-assessment questions at the end of each chapter and case studies. Now in full colour throughout. Includes a supplementary website (www.wileyeurope.com/college/gunn) covering additional material and self-test questions to reinforce student understanding.

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"Throughout the book there are many excellent diagrams and charts. The book is also very well illustrated with colour photographs to explain and expound the given subject. The collation of these photographs must have been in itself a mammoth task." (Rob Jerrard, May 2010)

"If it is entomology you are interested in, this is the book for you." (Australian Biochemist, April 2010)

"Gunn presents an introductory textbook on the application of biological science in legal investigations." (Book News, September 2009)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470758038
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/24/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 440
  • Sales rank: 713,850
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Alan Gunn is senior lecturer and Zoology Programme Director at the School of Biological & Earth Sciences, at John Moores University.  He has written numerous papers on parasitology, the biology of blowflies, the physiology and behaviour of agricultural pests and ecotoxicology, and develops computer based learning tools to support his teaching in these areas. He is interested in the effectiveness of enquiry-based learning as a means of enhancing student performance and has written several papers on this topic.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Pt. A Human Remains: Decay, DNA, Tissues and Fluids 9

Ch. 1 The decay, discovery and recovery of human bodies 11

Ch. 2 Body fluids and waste products 45

Ch. 3 Molecular biology 85

Ch. 4 Human tissues 123

Ch. 5 Wounds 163

Pt. B Invertebrates and Vertebrates 211

Ch. 6 Invertebrates 1: biological aspects 213

Ch. 7 Invertebrates 2: practical aspects 253

Ch. 8 Vertebrates 283

Pt. C Protists, Fungi, Plants and Microbes 313

Ch. 9 Protists, fungi and plants 315

Ch. 10 Bacteria and viruses 355

References 393

Index 417

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