J Biomed 2018; 3:13-18. doi:10.7150/jbm.22760


The Future of Forensic Biology

Ajay Kumar Rana

Division of Biology, State Forensic Science Laboratory, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of Jharkhand, Near Birsa Munda Jail, Hotwar, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India- 835217.

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Rana AK. The Future of Forensic Biology. J Biomed 2018; 3:13-18. doi:10.7150/jbm.22760. Available from http://www.jbiomed.com/v03p0013.htm

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The recent technological and scientific development in the field of forensic biology is certainly stamping a huge impact in capturing and convicting the criminals without any doubt. This review enlists forthcoming emerging technologies in forensic biology which would become inevitable and routine tasks in laboratories for solving extremely challenging and critical cases. These include touch DNA profiling, forensic phenotyping, 3D facial reconstruction and morphometrics, microbial forensics, virtual autopsy, DNA methylation and next-generation sequencing methods which would prove boon sooner or later for the crime investigators in finding missing persons, nabbing murderers and sexual assaulters and solving an array of cold cases.

Keywords: Next generation forensic biology, Touch DNA, Forensic phenotyping, Morphometrics, Microbial forensics, Virtopsy, DNA methylation