These are the main areas of concern in the morgue and that make up forensics.  They can exist as a separate department or could be combined.  It depends on the size of the city and the number of crimes that occur there.


Anything related to skull or skeletal parts, identification of people, reconstructive techniques to identify victims


Anything to do with guns, bullets, gunshot residue, speed and trajectory of  bullets, gun powder and explosives


Any fibres, hair, soil, mineral, glass, plastic….microscopic evidence of any kind


Seminal stains, vaginal fluids, blood, dye….usually wet evidence.  Also, special equipment like ultraviolet light can detect fluids dried on fabric

Eukaryote vs. Prokaryote


Technique developed and used since 1989 to identify people through genetic tissue


Charred documents, analyzing and verifying handwriting, age of ink and paper, authenticity of documents


Anything related to bugs, type, age, locations.  Used often to determine time of death of victim


AFIS, VICAP, laserbeam scanners, Visuprint system, and any techniques used to lift fingerprints from a crime scene


Teeth related.  Victim’s teeth are compared to any existing x-rays and DNA can be extracted from them as means of identification


The first department that the dead body goes to.  X-rays are done, identification of victim and ultimately the autopsy

The Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR): Cloning DNA in the Test Tube


Special filters and magnifying cameras that can detect crossed out writing, forgeries,etc.  They also take multiple shots of the crime scene and all the exhibits for the court are created here


Blood stains, drips, sprays, type, blood in vaginal, semen, mucous, urine or  tear secretion.  (Part of chemistry department)


Body fluids and liver analyzed, stomach contents analyzed, poison analysis  done, they can detect 100 common drugs in tear ducts from swab taken at  crime or accident scene. (often part of chemistry department)

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