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Strengthening forensic science in the United States : a path forward : summary / Committee on Identifying the Needs of the Forensic Science Community, Committee on Science, Technology, and Law Policy and Global Affairs, Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences.

p. cm.

Includes index.

ISBN-13: 978-0-309-13135-3 (hardcover)

ISBN-10: 0-309-13135-9 (hardcover)

ISBN-13: 978-0-309-13131-5 (pbk.)

ISBN-10: 0-309-13131-6 (pbk.)

1. Forensic sciences—United States. 2. Criminal investigation—United States. 3. Evidence, Criminal—United States. I. National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Identifying the Needs of the Forensic Science Community. II. National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Science, Technology, and Law Policy and Global Affairs. III. National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics.

HV8073.S7347 2009

363.250973—dc22

2009011443

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