Fingerprint examination at West Midlands Police forensic laboratory, Birmingham
©Rob Ball

Forensics: sleuths, secrets and science

We kick off our special issue inside the rapidly evolving world of police forensics, from footwear identification prints to digital analysis of cyber crime

Food & Drink

‘It had been some time since I had tasted many Swiss wines, and I was truly excited by much of what I saw’
– Jancis Robinson
Red-braised venison stew and Sichuanese chicken wings ©Charlie Bibby
‘Chilli bean paste yields a dark savouriness and belly-warming heat, and lends the oil a gorgeous ruby colour’
– Fuchsia Dunlop
Identical twins Cathrine Cleminson (left) and Mary Sneade
©Felicity McCabe

DNA: the next frontier

Advances in phenotyping mean that a small speck of skin or fragment of hair can now help to tell us what a criminal looks like

Šejla Kamerić at Wellcome Collection, London, 2014
©Maja Daniels

An artist’s search for Bosnia’s missing

The 9,000 people still unaccounted for after the war in Bosnia lie at the heart of Šejla Kamerić’s latest harrowing project

Caroline Wilkinson in the Face Lab at Liverpool School of Art & Design
©James Dodd

The art and science of facial reconstruction

The latest medical and digital-imaging techniques can now bring us face to face with the past. Meet Caroline Wilkinson, forensic anthropologist

Tragedy 96, Mexico City, September 1988
©Enrique Metinides

Enrique Metinides, Mexican crime scene photographer

For 50 years he chronicled Mexico’s underbelly for the newspaper La Prensa. His unflinching photographs of accidents and tragedies are both poignant and disturbing

‘Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime’ at the Wellcome Collection

Objects from the upcoming exhibition that explores the history, science and art of forensic medicine

Chuck Lamb plays dead: 'A lot of it is from being lazy. You need to get very relaxed.'
©Chuck Lamb

First Person: ‘I’m a professional corpse’

‘A lot of it is from being lazy. You need to get very relaxed,’ says dead body actor Chuck Lamb

Kathy Reichs
©Adrian Lourie/Writer Pictures

The Inventory: Kathy Reichs

‘If I lost everything? I’d write another book! At my age prima ballerina is out’, says the forensic anthropologist and bestselling author

©Richard Allen

The gravy boat sinks

‘We may like our tableware clean and austere but spare a thought for the gravy boats, fish knives and serving plates of old’

Quick bites: bread winners

Babaji brings pizza with a Turkish twist to London’s West End

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"Even when people think they’ve cleaned up really well, the question is, ‘Did you clean the bleach bottle?'' senior technician Scott Richards, West Midlands forensics