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When is a forensic scientist needed?
Scottish Policy Authority.
In Scotland, who is responsible for still carrying out the majority of Forensic Science?
What are the FOUR main areas of forensic science analysis?
Blood, semen, other bodily fluids.
Hairs and fibres.
Blood pattern analysis.
What are the FOUR areas of analysis in forensic biology?
Any item with writing.
What, in the forensic analysis of documents, can be analysed?
Footwear, tool mark, tyre analysis.
Paint and glass analysis.
What are the THREE areas of analysis in forensic chemistry?
Drugs or alcohol in the blood and urine.
Drugs or alcohol in organs and tissues.
Identification of illegal drugs and their purity.
What are the THREE main areas of analysis in forensic toxicology?
Every contact leaves a trace.
What is Locard's Principle?
How many basic principles are their in forensic science?
What are the TWO basic principles of forensic science?
Physical fit can prove beyond reasonable doubt the connection between a crime scene and a suspect.
What is the Physical Fit principle?
A mark left by something.
What is a trace?
Very small amounts of material.
What is trace evidence?
What are the SIX types of trace evidence?
Given description of suspect and look for markers that can link the suspect to the crime scene.
What is REACTIVE trace evidence?
Do not know who suspect is but found white fibres at the scene of the crime on the victim, then look for evidence of someone who has white clothing.
What is INCEPTIVE trace evidence?
What are the FIVE methods used to recover trace evidence?
Physical fit analysis.
What are the FIVE things you would look for when analysing glass?
Any long, thin, flexible, solid object with a high length to transverse cross-section ratio.
What is a fibre?
Determining its source (human or animal).
What would you look for when analysing HAIR?
Acid phosphatase - found in male sperm.
What would you look for to identify if the substance is male sperm?
What is sperm a good source of?
Where is p30 exclusively found?
What would you look for to identify if the substance is saliva?
Bacterial / cheek cells.
What might SALIVA contain?
What do RBCs and platelets NOT have any of?
Kastle Meyer Test.
Name TWO preliminary tests that can be ran for blood...
Due to gravity: drops, drips, pools.
Give THREE examples of passive blood stains...
Give FOUR examples of transfer blood stains...
By fermentation from grapes/cereal grains.
How is alcohol produced?
It contains byproducts and additives.
How does alcohol get its colour AND flavour?
What is the molecular formula for ethanol?
Mouth —> Oesophagus —> stomach and small intestine —> Circulatory system; Brain; Kidneys; Lungs; Liver.
Describe the absorption and distribution of alcohol within the human body...
Contact time in GIT.
List FOUR factors affecting rates of absorption...
How much of the alcohol is approximately metabolised?
What ate the names of the TWO key enzymes involved in alcohol metabolism?
Make it easier for alcohol to be eliminated from the body.
What is the MAIN role of Alcohol Dehydrogenase and Aldehyde Dehydrogenase?
Alcohol dehydrogenase metabolises ethanol into acetyl aldehyde.
What is the FIRST step in alcohol elimination?
Aldehyde Dehydrogenase breaks down aldehyde into acetyl.
What is the SECOND step in alcohol elimination?
What is produced as a result of the FIRST step in alcohol elimination?
What is produced as a result of the SECOND step in alcohol elimination?
In the liver.
Where do the TWO stages of alcohol elimination occur?
Microsomal Enzyme Oxidising System (MEOS).
What is MEOS?
50mg / 100mL in blood.
22μg / 100mL in breath.
107mg / 100ml of urine.
What are the THREE legal limits of alcohol in Scotland?
Blood Alcohol (mg / 100mL) x 1.3
What is the conversion factor to figure out Urine Alcohol concentration?
Blood Alcohol (mg / 100mL) / 2300
What is the conversion factor to figure out Breath Alcohol concentration?
Cmax (maximum concentration) — (t x elimination rate).
What is the equation for calculating the alcohol elimination rate?
9 - 27 mg / 100mL / hour in blood.
What is the range for alcohol elimination rate?
All things are poison and nothing without poison.
Solely the dose determines that a thing is not poison.
What is Paracelsus's Third Defence?