There are so many television shows dedicated to forensic science. Some are pure Hollywood, while others offer a more accurate exploration of how forensic pathologists and toxicologists spend their days. Here you’ll find a selection of clips we think your students will enjoy—brief samplings related to the history of DNA testing, CSI career choices, how toxicology changed the landscape of criminal investigations, and more.
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How Is DNA Fingerprinting Used to Identify a Criminal?
Looking at the REAL Science of Forensics
Crime Scene Investigations and the Scientific Method
Looking at the Myths of CSI on TV and in Hollywood
How to Become a Crime Scene Investigator
What Do Forensic Scientists Actually DO?
How DNA Testing Changed the World of Forensics
Early Crime-Solving Chemists
In a CSI age, we take forensic science for granted. Yet New York did not have a medical examiner or toxicologist until 1918! The toxicologist’s eventual arrival changed the landscape of crime investigation forever. This TED Talk by Deborah Blum—author of The Poisoner’s Handbook—is a terrific yarn about how turn-of-the-century crimes were solved with chemistry.
A Simple Overview of Chromatography