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Advances in chemistry applied to forensic science

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Acts of terrorism, an increase in the use of firearms, drug abuse, the use of so-called date-rape drugs, and driving whilst under the influence of drugs, are just some of the subjects frequently in the news. In the absence of fingermarks and of material leading to the recovery of DNA, the forensic scientist has to rely upon chemical analysis of trace amounts of materials including explosives, drugs, toxicological specimens, firearms discharge residues, fibres, glass, paint, soil etc., in order to establish or eliminate links between suspect and victim and/or scene. This tutorial review describes analytical problems facing the forensic chemist, and the current methods and techniques employed to tackle them.

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The article was received on 01 Aug 2005 and first published on 12 Oct 2005

Article type: Tutorial Review
DOI: 10.1039/B415890N
Citation: Chem. Soc. Rev., 2005,34, 1021-1030
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    Advances in chemistry applied to forensic science

    D. F. Rendle, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2005, 34, 1021
    DOI: 10.1039/B415890N

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