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Experts Named to National Commission on Forensic Science

More than three-dozen experts have been appointed to serve on the National Commission on Forensic Science, a newly created board that will work to strengthen practices in the field, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The appointees were chosen from a pool of more than 300 candidates and include top names in the fields of research, law enforcement, academia and law. Deputy Attorney General James M. ...

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Does the “CSI Effect” Really Exist?

Anyone who’s turned on a TV lately knows that crime is big business on the small screen. With shows like CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, NCIS, Law and Order and Criminal Minds occupying top slots on every network, formerly obscure terms like “chain of custody,” “blood spatter analysis” and, of course, “forensic evidence” are now common parlance. In fact, CSI and other crime TV shows are so popular that many ...

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Forensic Scientist: Job Description, Salary, and Education

When a crime is committed, it is vital for the investigation process to have the crime scene thoroughly examined and evidence collected. Forensic scientists (often referred to as crime scene investigators) gather and analyze physical evidence to help solve the crime. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects there will be a 19% employment growth for forensic science technicians by 2020, slightly fa ...

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