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Not only people but also plants, insects and animal hair can betray killers. A team of biologists at the Netherlands Forensic Institute is investigating traces from life forms other than humans. We follow their work in this special of De Kennis van Nu. Condemnation That life form can be anything: bacteria, pollen, diatoms, a birch seed or a cat’s hair. They are all green, silent witnesses. Forensic investigator Irene Kuiper shows that even a teaspoon of soil can make the difference between a conviction or acquittal. German entomologist (insect expert) Mark Benecke examines insects found at a crime scene. CorpseThe animals that Benecke finds tell him how long a corpse has been lying somewhere and whether the body has been moved. Next to the Amsterdam UMC is a field where bodies are buried for science. Forensic biophysicist Maurice Aalders is investigating how vegetation can reveal the location of a grave. Also see Good morning Netherlands: new DNA technique to solve cold case cases Watch this video »



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Not only people but also plants, insects and animal hair can betray killers. A team of biologists at the Netherlands Forensic Institute is investigating traces from life forms other than humans. We follow their work in this special from The Knowledge of Now.

Conviction
That life form can be anything: bacteria, pollen, diatoms, a birch seed or a cat’s hair. They are all green, silent witnesses. Forensic investigator Irene Kuiper shows that even a teaspoon of soil can make the difference between a conviction or acquittal. German entomologist (insect expert) Mark Benecke examines insects found at a crime scene.

Dead body
The animals that Benecke finds tell him how long a corpse has been lying somewhere and whether the body has been moved. Next to the Amsterdam UMC is a field where bodies are buried for science. Forensic biophysicist Maurice Aalders is investigating how vegetation can reveal the location of a grave.


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