Forensic Analysis on the Cutting Edge: New Methods for Trace Evidence Analysis

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Robert D. Blackledge
Wiley, Jul 16, 2007 - Law - 368 pages
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This title brings forensic scientists and chemists up-to-date on the latest instrumental methods for analysing trace evidence, including mass spectrometry, image analysis, DIOS-MS, ELISA characterization, statistical validation, and others.
  • Illustrates comparative analysis of trace evidence by both old and new methods.
  • Explains why some newer methods are superior to older, established methods.
  • Includes chapters on analysis of DNA, ink, dyes, glitter, gun powder traces, condom trace evidence, footwear impressions, toolmark impressions, surveillance videos, glass particles, and dirt.
  • Discusses applications such as mass spectrometry, image analysis, desorption-ionization on silicon mass spectrometry (DIOS-MS), ELISA characterization, and statistical validation.

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Robert D. Blackledge, now retired, was the senior forensic chemist at the Naval Criminal Investigative Service Regional Forensic Laboratory in San Diego, California. He has a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the Citadel and a master's degree in chemistry from the University of Georgia. He serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Master of Forensic Sciences Program at National University, San Diego, California.

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