Video: What do crime scene investigators actually do?

March 6, 2018, American Chemical Society
Credit: The American Chemical Society

Television crime dramas have huge audiences, but their popularity has come with some unexpected consequences.

They have generated interest in , but they've also distorted our expectations of the forensic profession and what's going on in the lab.

Reactions explains what it's really like to be a with a little help from analytical chemist Dr. Raychelle Burks:

Explore further: The CSI effect—viewing TV crime shows does not make better criminals

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