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How Forensic Investigators Track Schizophrenia

Another guest post by Allison Gamble to tide you guys over. Sorry about the inactivity.

The science of forensics, specifically forensic psychology, is a tool of the legal system. A forensic psychologist works to assess, identify and clarify psychological issues, without prejudice, in order to satisfy the court’s legal understanding of those issues. Forensic psychologists are often called upon to give psychological insight into cases like that of Arizona shooter Jared Lee Loughner, whose behaviors preceding the attempted assassination of U.S. Representative Gabriele Giffordsmirrored those of a schizophrenic. Thus, the primary function of forensic psychology is to tie or untie the knot that binds mental illness to crime.

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The Wednesday Post 24/3/10

Detective Bacteria is on the case.

In a recent paper Noah Fierer, from the University of Colorado has done some preliminary work that suggests bacteria could be used to track down criminals similar to the way we use fingerprints.  Ordinarily we look for fingerprints, compare them to a database of collected fingerprints and then use that info to catch our ‘perp’. Noah’s work is based on an observation that the ‘microbiome‘ of our finger tips and hands is somewhat unique to each of us.

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