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A Practical Guide To The Forensic Examination Of Hair: From Crime Scene To Court: From Crime Scene To Court
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A Practical Guide To The Forensic Examination Of Hair: From Crime Scene To Court: From Crime Scene To Court (Hardback)

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Due to recent criticisms of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and other U.S. agencies over the last several years, resulting from practices prior to the advent in forensic DNA analysis, the use of hair analysis as a comparative science has gone by the wayside. However, with advances in DNA analysis of non-anagen hairs-where there is nuclei containing cellular material attached to the telogen (resting) hair root-such recovered hairs be analyzed to determine identity, or-in cases where there is not a DNA match-to, at the very least, exclude a suspect. All hairs, whether hair root is attached or not, can ultimately be analyzed using mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis. Due to the costs of this latter testing method, careful analysis by laboratory personnel is required to determine which are the most important and relevant of hairs to analyze in a given case. Achieving effective forensic recovery, handling, analysis, and testing of hair evidence requires roles for the crime scene examiner through to the laboratory scientist.

A Practical Guide To The Forensic Examination Of Hair: From Crime Scene To Court presents current best practices and methodologies not only hair specialists, forensic microscopy professionals, and trace evidence analysts but the emerging category of `triage' specialists and lab supervisors responsible for overall case management. The book will also be a practical, must-have reference for lawyers on what they should expect from best practice in this field. This book will include detailed illustrations and diagrams that will serve as an invaluable professional resource for forensic and legal professionals in the handling and analysis of all hair evidence.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesCrime & criminologyCriminal investigation & detectionForensic science Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd Publication Date: 01/01/2021 ISBN-13: 9781138628618  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Dr. James Robertson of the National Centre for Forensic Studies (NCFS) at the University of Canberra graduated with a BSc (Hons) in 1972 and PhD in 1976 from the University of Glasgow. He lectured in forensic science at the University of Strathclyde from 1976 to 1985 before moving to Australia. After five years at the State Forensic Science Centre in Adelaide he completed twenty years as the head of the forensic group with the Australian Federal Police (AFP) in the process developing a world class and respected forensic group from modest beginnings. He returned to an academic role as a Professorial Fellow on his retirement from the AFP in 2010. He is currently the Director of the NCFS.He is also an Honorary or Adjunct Professor at several Australian and overseas universities. He has published well over 100 scientific papers and book chapters, edited or coedited four textbooks, is the Editor of the Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences and is a member of the editorial board of several journals. He has held senior positions on all forensic advisory groups and organisations in Australia including being the current President of the Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), Vice-President of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS), Chair of the Advisory Forum to the National Institute of Forensic Sciences (NIFS), Chair of Standards Australia (SA) Forensic Committee and a past Chair of the Senior Managers Australian and New Zealand Forensic Laboratories (SMANZFL).His contribution to the forensic sciences and education has been recognised with the awards of a Doctor of the University by the University of Canberra, the Australian Public Service Medal (PSM) and a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).Dr. Robertson continues his active interest in, and passion for, the forensic aspects of trace evidence, especially fibres and hairs. Elizabeth Brooks holds a BA Australian National University, Canberra and an MS University of Canberra, Australia. Recently retired, she was formerly a Senior Scientist with the Biological Criminalistics team, Australian Federal Police since 2000, providing forensic biological evidence including DNA relating to crimes committed in the ACT, Australia, and against Australian nationals located overseas. As a senior scientist with court reporting responsibilities in forensic hair examination, she regularly wrote court statements and scientific reports, as well as presented evidence in court for evidence of fact and as an expert witness. She routinely performed technical reviews for hair examination case files. Prior to working at the Australian Federal Police in October, Ms. Brooks worked for twenty two years at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Organization (CSIRO) Division of Entomology, where she provided microscopy/immunohistochemistry (IHC) expertise in electron, light and confocal microscopy for the biotechnology program.

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