A New Breed of High-Tech Detectives

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Science  11 Aug 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5481, pp. 850-854
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5481.850

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Forensic scientists are equipping police investigators with powerful tools for collecting and analyzing evidence. But as detection techniques become increasingly sensitive, the problem of sifting the wheat from the chaff at a crime scene mushrooms, guaranteeing a role for the human investigator despite all the gadgetry. Moreover, some developments are also raising civil liberties concerns.