Forensic Science on a Shoestring

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Science  11 Aug 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5481, pp. 857
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5481.857

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With billions of dollars spent each year on law enforcement in the United States, one might think that funds for R&D on advanced crime-solving methods would be flowing freely. But the experiences of the U.S. national laboratories in trying to carve out a niche in forensics research suggest otherwise.