Defining Forensics

forensicWe need to better define forensic science because not all forensic science is like the CSI shows on TV. Forensic science is defined as “The application of scientific knowledge and methodology to legal problems and criminal investigations” (1). We are not usually the legal authority, but we do have expert witnesses available. However, legal professionals often use us for analyses that they then use, interpret, and present in order to make whatever case they are trying to make.

At times though, some of the terms that are used are misconstrued as meaning other things. One of these is concentrated. A concentrated substance doesn’t necessarily mean that a substance is abundant. It simply means that the particular substance is clustered in a specific location. While, abundant means that there is a great quantity of the substance. In a word, a concentrated substance could be hazardous, but an abundant (non-concentrated) may not be hazardous to human health.

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