Bugs, Bones & Botany: The Science of Crime

Top 10 Highly Recommended Video at recent Educational Media Market (EMM) in Alberta

Our seemingly endless appetite for TV programs about crime science aside, how do forensics really work? This documentary delves into the real world of police investigations and introduces some unexpected heroes on the forensic scene. Bugs, plants, bones are some of nature's best detectives.

With the help of Dr. Jennifer Gardy, of British Columbia's Centre for Disease Control (CDC), sift through the mayhem, murder and science that make up the world of forensic investigation. In the field and the lab, follow scientists who are able to read the subtlest evidence and turn nature to righting wrongs. Sometimes these clues are disturbing, sometimes they are surprisingly beautiful. You'd be hard pressed to find a better guide, than Dr. Gardy, to this world where, plants, bones even dust, can be turned into formidable enemies of crime.

But the real secret of using science for solving crime may be less about technology and more about the careful observation of the natural world. Partnering the latest technologies with nature's own detectives produces a powerful combination that is giving law enforcement new and astounding advantages in this high stakes game of cat and mouse.
Article # : ZZY-09-07
Production year(s) : 2009
Duration : 00:43:47
Age : 13-14
Show : The Nature of Things
Closed captioning: Not available
Categories : Biology, General Science
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