Saliva as a forensic tool


  • Shailja Chatterjee Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, MMCDSR, M. M. University, Ambala, Haryana



Criminology, forensic, saliva


Forensic science is a branch that deals with a wide plethora of areas such as anthropology, migration studies and criminology. Various biological samples have been utilized to assist a scientist towards getting answers to the myriad of questions in the field. Saliva is an easily available source from victim as well as aggressors, parent-child and siblings. Various tests have been devised to aid in identifying salivary sample constituents. This paper deals with the wide utility of saliva as a forensic tool.


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How to Cite

Shailja Chatterjee. (2019). Saliva as a forensic tool. Journal of Forensic Dental Sciences, 11(1), 01–04.



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