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Vol. 5, No. 10, p. 195-211 - Aug. 31, 2018


Molecular Era of the Forensic Science

Yorran Hardman A. Montenegro , Stephanie Evelyn França Guimarães , Estefany Gabriela Luiz de Araújo , Ros´lia Santos Ferreira , Ellen Rachel de Almeida Martins , Maria Karoline da Silva Marcelino , Denise de Queiroga Nascimento and Geilza Carla de Lima Silva

Forensic science is an interdisciplinary area that is intimately related between the fields of physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics and forensic opportunity sciences, with the aim of supporting criminal investigations and civil justice. Forensic Entomology enters as the most promising and attention-grabbing course, especially for its versatility in identifying morphological characteristics in species identification, requiring new analytical tools such as microcopy and molecular analysis. With regard to the Molecular Age in Forensic Science, new technologies can be applied in the research field regarding necrobiota, a new and promising molecular tool that indicates the possible places of displacement of the body and people involved; phenotyping as an analytical tool for the phenotypic identification of the possible appearance of the suspect or missing person; epigenetics in the identification of suspects in the case of homozygous twins. All new tools open up the numerous possibilities for further development of Forensic Science, allowing greater agility in resolving criminal investigations.

Phenotyping; Necrobiota; Epigenetics; COI-I.


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