Blood Evidence

Blood Evidence

How DNA Is Revolutionizing the Way We Solve Crimes

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Baker & Taylor
Uses case studies to examine how investigators collect genetic evidence and discusses how DNA has altered crime-solving and the court system as well as the ethical ramifications of cloning, genetic modification, and the death penalty.

Perseus Publishing
From O. J. Simpson's "trial of the century" to the recent disappearance of Chandra Levy and the reopening of the Edward De Salvo case, the collection and use of DNA in criminal investigations has become a controversial and often confusing burden of proof. Blood Evidence explains the principles and science behind DNA testing and shows how it has both helped solve some of the most puzzling criminal cases in recent history and been used to discredit eyewitness accounts and physical evidence found at the crime scene. Written specifically for a lay audience, Blood Evidence is the first trade book to explore the complexities of DNA testing and the effect it has had on justice systems worldwide.

A startling look at how breakthroughs in DNA testing are having a tumultuous impact on criminal investigations

Blackwell North Amer
In Blood Evidence Dr. Henry Lee and Frank Tirnady lift the yellow caution tape at the crime scene and show first-hand how investigators can collect genetic evidence off everything from blood stains to cigarette butts. More than just case histories, this book examines how DNA has altered not only the way we solve crimes and how courts evaluate evidence, but also the ethical implications of cloning, genetic modifications, and the death penalty.
In addition to covering the current state-of-the-art techniques in DNA interpretation, Lee and Tirnady cover the evolution of this burgeoning science from Sir Alec Jeffrey's discovery of DNA fingerprinting and its use in the Pitchfork case to the recent attempts to trace deadly Anthrax strains and rogue genetically-modified corn to their source through genetic markers. Along the way they introduce several of the scientists responsible for bringing about this revolution in crime fighting as well as a collection of fascinating stories of investigators who use traces of DNA from baseball caps, bones, clothes and even cat fur to solve seemingly impossible cases. Filled with descriptions of the groundbreaking events that helped advance this new science, Blood Evidence offers an accessible, yet detailed explanation of the science behind some of today's most noteworthy (and infamous) cases.

& Taylor

Considers how breakthroughs in DNA technology is significantly impacting the criminal justice system, citing the controversial role of DNA testing in the cases of O.J. Simpson, Chandra Levy, and Edward De Salvo while noting how the technology has served complexities of the technology and the effect it is having on justice systems worldwide.

Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Perseus Publishing, [2003]
Copyright Date: ©2003
ISBN: 9780738206028
Branch Call Number: 614.1 Lee 2003
Characteristics: xxx, 418 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Tirnady, Frank


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