Forensic Medicine Department of Oncology-Pathology, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
Forensic science is a subject that encompasses a wide variety of disciplines, but they all share a common goal: to deliver scientific evidence to criminal investigations. In certain fields, additional tasks are performed to meet the demands of other functions in the community, such as the contribution to the death registry and insurance matters. However, despite long-term research efforts in forensic science, several classical questions have not been resolved satisfactorily and, hence, there are a number of "white" areas that need careful investigation. In addition, developments in society also create new challenges for forensic investigators. The illicit and licit development of new drugs, for instance, necessitates the adjustment or development of analytical methods, and the rapid developments in the digital world require a great deal of new professional competence so that fraud or unauthorized data trespassing can be proven.
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