Let’s do a CSI

By DR MILTON LUM

Forensic medicine is the branch of medicine concerned with the resolution of legal issues by the application of scientific medical knowledge. An important development in forensic medicine is genetic analysis, ie DNA profiling.

THE concept of “DNA fingerprinting” was introduced in 1985 as a method in the evaluation of human identification and relatedness. The forensic applications of DNA evidence were rapidly appreciated and are now often used in criminal investigations, for example, murder and sexual assaults like rape.

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