Forensic Chemistry

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Forensic Chemistry examines the most important recent developments in this field and their contribution to crime investigation. The book explores the expanding array of instruments, on-site equipment, chemicals, and other means with which evidence is examined, as well as state-of-the-art forensic procedures.

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Overview

Forensic Chemistry examines the most important recent developments in this field and their contribution to crime investigation. The book explores the expanding array of instruments, on-site equipment, chemicals, and other means with which evidence is examined, as well as state-of-the-art forensic procedures.

Forensic Chemistry contains information on: arson and explosives investigations, bloodstains, DNA, fingerprinting, forensic serology, the origins of forensic science, powder and chemical tests, toxicology and drug testing.

About the Author:
David E. Newton, Ph.D., was a professor of chemistry and physics at Salem State College 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816052752
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Series: New Chemistry Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Introduction     xi
The Origins of Forensic Science     1
The Early Years of Forensic Science     2
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)     4
Advances in the 19th Century     4
The Scope of Forensic Chemistry     10
Fingerprinting     11
The History of Fingerprinting     12
Sir Edward Henry (1850-1931)     14
General Principles of Fingerprinting     15
Fingerprinting Systems     18
Fingerprint Detection     20
Powder Tests     22
Chemical Tests     24
Light Tests     29
Brian Dalrymple (1947-)     30
Forensic Serology     32
Blood Types     33
Mathieu Joseph Bonaventure Orfila (1787-1853)     34
Polymorphic Proteins and Isoenzymes     40
Philip Levine (1900-1987)     42
Characterization of Bloodstains     47
Bloodstain Patterns     55
Testing for Semen and Saliva     59
Toxicology and Drug Testing     64
Alcohol and the Human Body     65
American Academy of Forensic Sciences     66
Testing for BloodAlcohol Concentration     70
Robert Borkenstein (1912-2002)     74
Testing for Drugs     80
Testing for Poisons     88
Confirmatory Tests     89
Mikhail Semenovich Tswett (1872-1919)     92
Arson and Explosives Investigations     100
Arson as an Economic and Social Problem     100
Arson Investigations     101
Paul Leland Kirk (1902-1970)     114
Explosives Investigations     116
Richard G. Livesay (1921-)     128
DNA Fingerprinting     131
An Introduction to DNA     132
Chemistry Explains Biology     135
Applications of DNA Testing     138
Forensic DNA Typing     141
Sir Alec Jeffreys (1950-)     142
Procedures for DNA Typing     147
Methods of DNA Typing     151
Kary B. Mullis (1944-)     163
Issues Involved in DNA Typing     164
Conclusion     169
Glossary     171
Further Reading     177
Index     179
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