Science of Crime – Biology/DNA Analysis
Forensic science is a complex discipline that encompasses more than a dozen distinct fields. Except for a few recent additions to the investigative tool kit such as DNA analysis and computer forensics, most fields trace their origins to the 19th century or before.
Presented by The Mob Museum, this program in the Science of Crime series explores how biology and DNA analysis is applied in criminal cases.
Within most crime labs, scientists have highly specialized expertise. Unlike what is portrayed on television, it is rarely one individual who investigates the crime scene, processes the fingerprints, analyzes the DNA and examines the trace evidence. Instead, highly specialized experts focus on one field. This leads to more efficient and effective lab results.
Each month, The Mob Museum and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Forensic Laboratory will present an in-depth look at the disciplines and sciences that encompass forensic analysis.
About this January’s Science of Crime program:
The Biology/DNA Detail is responsible for the identification of biological materials, DNA analysis and the administration of the Combined DNA Index System, or CODIS, the local DNA database that feeds into the national DNA database. Learn how this discipline is applied in criminal cases.
Free for Museum Members or with Museum admission.