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Two forms of analysis can be conducted on hair. 1. Spectroscopy and chemical analysis can detect certain kinds of metallic poisoning, notably arsenic, as readers of detective fiction know. 2. DNA analysis to identify individuals is possible if roots of hair are available. Both forms may fall within the purview of specialists in forensic medicine. Hair “analysis” is sometimes used in drug screening and is also a feature of several varieties of quackery.

1. Spectroscopy and chemical analysis can detect certain kinds of metallic poisoning, notably arsenic, as readers of detective fiction know. 2. DNA analysis to identify individuals is possible if roots of hair are available. Both forms may fall within the purview of specialists in forensic medicine. Hair “analysis” is sometimes used in drug screening and is also a feature of several varieties of quackery.

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