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  • Application of scientific information to legal and criminal settings. “Forensics” involves a wide range of specialties from natural and social science disciplines that apply information, research, and methods to criminal and legal evidence. Such disciplines include psychology, science, anthropology, computing, and pathology. Forensic is derived from the Latin forensis, which refers to a forum. A forum was used in ancient Rome as a place of business, public, governmental, and legal affairs. It gradually became a commonly used word in the English language with the growth of forensic medicine (later becoming forensic pathology). In modern society, the word forensic is restricted to disciplines that are applied to the collection, examination, and analysis of evidence pertaining to criminal and legal settings. New forensic techniques for examining crime ...

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