Science of Forensics

Guests:

Michael Baden
* Former New York City Medical Examiner
* Co-Author (with Marion Roach): Dead Reckoning: The New Science of Catching Killers (Simon and Schuster, 2001)
New York, New York

Herbert MacDonell
* Forensic Scientist
* Director, Institute on the Physical Significance of Human Blood Stain Evidence
Corning, New York

Jessica Snyder Sachs
* Author: Corpse: Nature, Forensics, and the Struggle to Pinpoint Time of Death (Perseus Books, November 2001)
Atlanta, Georgia

When someone is murdered, how can science help catch the killer? In this hour of Science Friday we'll take a look at the science of forensics. What do medical examiners look for when they autopsy a body? How can insects be used to establish a time of death? And how can blood stain patterns help solve a crime?

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