Forensic Science

Peter Pentland and Pennie Stoyles

Forensic Science

Chelsea House Publishers 2003

Elementary mid to upper

32 pages

Non fiction


Forensic science is about gathering scientific evidence to solve a crime. Evidence is handled carefully and compared and matched to find leads. Simple things like measuring tape can be used to solve a crime, but sometimes microscopes get involved to find the tiniest piece of evidence. Witnesses are most accurate if they have stayed calm throughout witnessing the crime because it is less jumbling of their memory. Because we are good at memorizing human faces often we are asked to describe and identify suspects. Fingerprints are a good way of finding evidence because we all have different fingerprints. Footprints and tireprints are also used, but they are less exact than a fingerprint. Blood is a helpful but not conclusive evidence. DNA profiling is used because we all have unique DNA. They also find clues in dust particles which can contain fibers and hair. Teeth marks are great because we all have different teeth patterns. We also can use handwriting analysis.

Your Reaction: Interesting look into different areas of forensics. Seemed to include a lot with decent descriptions.

Potential Problems: Kind of gross.

Recommendations: Kids who are interested in police work, crime, or the medical field.



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