In 2009, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) authored the report Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward. In it, the Committee expressed the need for accreditation and certification. Accreditation, long recognized by public labs as an important benchmark in quality, was recognized as an important way to standardize laboratories that provide forensic services. Certification can play an important role as a method of oversight in the forensic sciences—something also recommended by the - National Commission on Forensic Science in October 2014.
The Complete Guide to the ABC's Molecular Biology is a professional certification examination preparation text for forensic scientists taking the American Board of Criminalistics Examination in Molecular Biology. The book serves as a resource for forensic scientists—who are facing more and more pressure to become certified—to support them in their pursuit of forensic certification.
In the years since the NAS report was published, there has been increased discussion of forensic certification requirements. ABC’s Molecular Biology exam is a quality certification, and learning the concepts for it will invariably help any professional working in the field. The book prepares readers in all relevant topic areas, including: accreditation, safety, biological screen principles, anatomy and cell biology, crime scene and evidence handling, concepts in genetics, biochemistry, statistics, DNA evidence, and DNA testing.
The book will be particularly helpful for forensic science laboratory technicians, police and investigations professionals, forensic serology and DNA analysts, attorneys, and forensic science students. This study guide follows the guidelines for the exam and presents all the information necessary to prepare individuals to pass the exam.
Table of Contents
1: General Knowledge - Introduction
2: Quality Control and Quality Assurance
3: Basic Legal and Scientific Terms and Concepts
4: Principles and Concepts of Biological Screening
5: Anatomy and Cell Biology
6: Concepts in Genetics, Biochemistry, and Statistics
7: Concepts in Genetics, Biochemistry, and Statistics - Continued
8: History and Standards of DNA Evidence
9: DNA Testing Process - Part 1
10: DNA Testing Process - Part 2
Tiffany Roy, JD, F-ABC holds her J.D. from Massachusetts School of Law at Andover a BS in Biology from Syracuse University and a Graduate Certificate in Forensic DNA and Serology from the University of Florida, Gainesville. Tiffany teaches courses in forensic science on crime scene investigation and forensic DNA analysis. I instruct undergraduate science and criminal justice students, investigators, law enforcement personnel and attorneys on the complexities of the science of law. Tiffany is President and Owner of ForensicAid, LLC, consulting with attorneys and members of the criminal justice system with regard to case presentation and review, often providing expert witness testimony. Tiffany is also an Associate Professor at University of Maryland University College (UMUC) and an Adjunct Professor at both Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBAU)and Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). She is a American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) Fellow and a member of the Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists (NEAFS) and Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers (BBO).