2nd Edition

Forensic Biology

By Richard Li Copyright 2015
    568 Pages 413 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    568 Pages 413 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Over the last several years, new research and developments in analysis methods and practice have led to rapid advancements in forensic biology. Identifying critical points of knowledge and new methodological approaches in the field, Forensic Biology, Second Edition focuses on forensic serology and forensic DNA analysis. It provides students and professionals with a scientific grounding in biological evidence—both the techniques used to identify it and the methodology to analyze it.

    This second edition:

    • Introduces the language of forensic biology, enabling students to become comfortable with usage and terminology

    • Provides clear explanations of the principles of forensic identification and analysis of biological evidence

    • Explains forensic serology and DNA techniques used in the field and the laboratory

    • Discusses the benefits and limitations that apply to various forensic biology techniques

    • Includes schematic illustrations to clarify concepts

    • Presents three new chapters created for this edition

    • Adds more than two hundred new color figures

    Covering the full scope of forensic biology, the book uses an accessible, straightforward style designed to enhance students’ education and training so they are prepared, both in the laboratory and in the field.

    Biological Evidence
    Crime Scene Investigation of Biological Evidence
    Crime Scene Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
    Forensic Biology: A Subdiscipline of Forensic Science
    Sources of Biological Evidence
    Basic Techniques in Forensic Biology
    Nucleic Acid Extraction
    DNA Quantitation
    Amplification by Polymerase Chain Reaction
    DNA Electrophoresis
    Detection Methods
    Serology Concepts
    Serology Techniques: Past, Current, and Future
    Identification of Biological Evidence
    Identification of Blood
    Species Identification
    Identification of Semen
    Identification of Saliva
    Identification of Vaginal Secretions and Menstrual Blood
    Identification of Urine, Sweat, Fecal Matter, and Vomitus
    Individualization of Biological Evidence
    Blood Group Typing and Protein Profiling
    Variable Number Tandem Repeat Profiling
    Autosomal Short Tandem Repeat Profiling
    Sex Chromosome Haplotyping and Gender Identification
    Single Nucleotide Polymorphism Profiling
    Mitochondrial DNA Profiling
    Forensic Issues
    Forensic DNA Databases: Tools for Crime Investigations
    Evaluation of the Strength of Forensic DNA Profiling Results
    Quality Assurance and Quality Control


    Richard Li