What is it about?
Gun shot residue (GSR) can be a useful forensic evidence, the presence of GSR can confirm the use of firearms. Additional intelligence might be gathered from the composition or shape of the residue particles. This work highlights the problems incurred using atomic force microscopy to examine these particles.
Why is it important?
Development of forensic science techniques is important in the improvement of crime fighting. However, the science must be robust in order to avoid making incorrect conclusions.
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This page is a summary of: Commentary on: Mou Y, Lakadwar J, Rabalais JW. Evaluation of shooting distance by AFM and FTIR/ATR analysis of GSR. J Forensic Sci 2008;53:1381-6., Journal of Forensic Sciences, March 2009, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/j.1556-4029.2009.00989.x.
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