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* The client of this project will attend the Preview on Thursday 28th of November from 13:30 to 16:00 at Saxion Enschede (Ariënsplein 1).

The current forensic investigation work focuses primarily on securing visible traces. This line of research focuses on the invisible traces, which (in accordance with the vision of Locard) can indeed be present on a crime scene. A variant of this is the human scent. This appears to be unique and would consist of several layers (primary odor layer is linked to DNA from the source). Until 2006 the police used police dogs and the scent identification test to present this unique odor as evidence in criminal cases. Unfortunately, the judge prohibited the use of the police dog for this type of detective work. The aim of this project is to (re) introduce the human scent as a new means of evidence. For this we need to know what exactly the human odor consists of, if we can separate the assumed layers from each other, how can odor (samples) be best obtained and secured, with which absorption material, which analysis method is most suitable, what is the distinctive character and what can be said about the probative value and probative value, etc. 

The aim of this project is to (re) introduce the human scent as a new means of evidence. Human scent is part of the research line of the detection of non-visible traces, in which we collaborate intensively with the RIKILT research group at Wageningen University. 

This project requires in depth knowledge of both the chemical and biological composition of the human scent as well as the numerous factors that can influence its original composition. However, the human scent alone will not suffice in a court of law and therefore a forenisc context is of the utmost importance. Finally the tecgnique that is needed to obtain, contain and secure these samples must be technically valid and apllicable in all circumstances.

The newly purchased GCMSMS tripple X is one of the analysis techniques that we have available for this project in Deventer. In addition, we can use the GCGCMS of RIKILT Research Group of Wageningen University, with which we will collaborate within this project.

Required study programs:

Biology & Laboratory Research (BML): Depth knowledge of both the chemical and biological composition of the human scent as well as the numerous factors that can influence its original composition. The technique that is needed to obtain, contain and secure these samples must be technically valid and apllicable in all circumstances.

Chemistry (C): Depth knowledge of both the chemical and biological composition of the human scent as well as the numerous factors that can influence its original composition. The technique that is needed to obtain, contain and secure these samples must be technically valid and apllicable in all circumstances.

Forensic Research (FO): The human scent alone will not suffice in a court of law and therefore a forensic context is of the utmost importance.

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