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Forensic sciences, Expertise


Forensic Science and Technology


Observations of modern day forensic science has prompted asking the question of whether this field is in danger of extinction. Although there have undoubtedly been meaningful advancements in analytical capabilities, we have overlooked several unintended practical and philosophical consequences. This article addresses three main areas of concern: the declining role of the generalist in an era of increased specialization, the role of education in preparing the next generation of forensic scientists, and the implementation of advanced instrumentation with a focus on statistical significance and field deployable instrumentation.


This is the authors' accepted version of the article appearing in Science & Justice. The version of record can be found at .



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Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

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San Pietro, D., Kammrath, B. W., Peter, R., & Crim, D. (2018). Is forensic science in danger of extinction? Science & Justice. doi: 10.1016/j.scijus.2018.11.003



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