Forensic biology

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The Forensic Biology deals with the biological aspects of forensic and legal medicine .

It is made up of the areas of thanatology , anthropology , molecular biology , botany and entomology .

In terms of content, the time of death can be determined using biological methods. Forensic entomology and DNA analysis also play an important role. The toxicology of animal and vegetable poisons is also part of the discipline. Forensic biology arose from the criminal investigation of textile traces, the original raw materials of which were mostly wool and cotton.

Forensic biology is part of the biology course at the following universities:


  • Jürgen Thorwald : Traces in the dust or stages in forensic chemistry and biology. In: Jürgen Thorwald: The hour of the detectives. Becomes and worlds of criminology. Droemer Knaur, Zurich and Munich 1966, pp. 286–542.

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