Reviews for Blood and DNA Evidence : Crime-Solving Science Experiments


Booklist Reviews 2006 October #2
Rather than merely explain how cases are solved, this new book in the Forensic Science Projects series invites readers to complete scientific experiments that emulate the solution to actual murders. Each chapter of the book begins with a recounting of a murder--some recent, some from more than 100 years ago--and then relates how the detectives determined whether the bloodstains at the crime scene were human and how their size, shape, and trajectory provided clues to determine the killer. Following each real-life scenario, the book provides a checklist of materials and a step-by-step experiment to get the same results as the detectives. Throughout the text, the author encourages adult supervision, as when readers create simulated blood samples. The format is easy to follow, the scenarios intriguing, and the experiments complex enough for real science buffs to feel challenged. Appendixes include a glossary, lists of further reading, and a list of science-supply companies. ((Reviewed October 15, 2006)) Copyright 2006 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2007 Spring
Rainis takes the crime investigation craze a step further with in-depth explorations of DNA testing and document analysis. In each book, detailed background information is followed by a well-sequenced series of case examples and complex projects that involve both experiments and sample analyses. Plenty of close-up photographs help elucidate the topics and reveal the tricks of the trade. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind. [Review covers these Forensic Science Projects titles: [cf2]Blood and DNA Evidence[cf1] and [cf2]Forgery[cf1].] Copyright 2007 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Library Media Connection - March 2007
This series will make its mark on middle and high school science fair projects. Each book reviewed presents crimes and reveals the science upon which evidence to solve them is collected and analyzed. The crimes are described as tastefully and appropriately as possible. This fascinating resource challenges readers to conduct investigations to further their understanding of forensic analysis and helps them solve a few mysteries on their own. Historical cases, which set the precedent for using forensics in court, are also described. The well-organized, highly readable text is complimented by attractive photography and pleasing graphics. While several projects call for adult participation, the intended audience will be able to follow all directions independently. A glossary, elucidating professional terminology, an appendix listing where the materials for the projects can be purchased, recommendations for further reading, and Internet address lists make this series one that kids will recommend to others. It might be prudent for Science teachers to consult with administrators before assigning these resources. Librarians, who know the challenge of helping unmotivated students find a science fair project, will enjoy helping students choose these. Index. Recommended. Janiece Hopper, Librarian, Monroe (Washington) Elementary School [Editor's Note: Hair, Clothing, and Tire Track Evidence is a title in the series not seen by our reviewer.] © 2007 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2007 May

Gr 4-8 -The appeal of these volumes is in their invitation to become a scientific investigator and their concise instructions on how to simulate some of the tasks involved. Readers are provided with succinct accounts of cases and learn, through meticulous examples, the precise method used in solving them, such as blood-spatter analysis or varying ways of detecting forgery. The author urges the creation of case books and provides clear and accurate charts, photographs, graphs, and lists as aids in the process. Emphasis on the scientific method gives the books a strong sense of validity. The frequent suggestion of teaming with a partner creates a Holmes-and-Watson feel. Hand-printed bold headings guide readers to discussions of investigative techniques and required equipment. Ron Fridell's Forensic Science (Lerner, 2006), intended for the same audience, is more discussion than invitation, and David Owen's Police Lab: How Forensic Science Tracks Down and Convicts Criminals (Firefly, 2002) is an overview with case histories. Rainis's books are substantive and will circulate because of positive word of mouth from those who use them in their own quasi-CSI experiments.-Sheila Fiscus, Our Lady of Peace School, Erie, PA

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