2.19.14 Animal Forensics.docx

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Environmental Toxicology
ETX 20
Kanthaswamy, Sreetharan

Animal Forensics (nonhuman animals in forensic investigations) Animal forensic DNA analysis—Snowball the Cat Like us, animals deposit their biological traces into their surroundings Clinging animal biomaterials are unknowingly born by the victim or perp Therefore animal bioevidence can provide vital clues linking victims, perps, or crime Matching the cat hair to reference can help catch criminals! No way a person can leave their house without their cat or dog hair coming with them and that’s a way to catch murderers because they can clean everything off but fucking cat hair. Animal bioevidence has been used in criminal cases where the animal is the victim, or the suspect, or the witness (like the case of snowball) Approx 50% of households in US have at least a dog or a cat, so they can be linked to human on human, human on animal etc Sources of Animal Biological Evidence (anything that has DNA) Typical non-human evidence: Picture of hair—fore
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