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Energy Residue Analysis – allows forensic scientists to examine items damaged by blast powers and use them to identify the power used, and sometimes other relevant information as well. Think of it as a less definitive version of ballistics, but for blast powers.
Blood Testing – Blood tests can confirm that a victim has been infected by the Spread Pathogen power. Blood tests can also identify SEDS Carriers and sufferers of the Plasma Deficiency defect.
Botanical Enzyme Testing – When subjected to the Plant Control power, photosynthetic plants produce a previously unknown enzyme dubbed diastellozine. This substance remains in their leaves and stem structures for up to thirty-six hours. Only plants containing chlorophyll yield this evidence.
Cellular Plasticity Biopsy – A sample of tissue is taken from the scar tissue of a living patient and examined under a microscope for an abnormal cell structure and level of malleability. If it displays these signs, it is apparent that the wound was subject to the Healing power.
Follicular Expansion Check – Use of the Entangling Hair power inevitably leaves behind strands of hair which can be examined under a microscope (or with the Microvision power.)
Forensic Dentistry – The puncture wounds left by Fangs typically appear as part of a larger bite mark. Like any bite wound, photographs or casts of these injuries can be compared to casts of a suspect’s teeth. Photographs are used with living victims; wound casts are made during autopsies.
Magnetic Field Viewer – This simple device takes the form of a piece of thick card stock around a pane of green cellophane. It can be used to detect malformations in an object’s magnetic field, indicating that it was recently subjected to the Magnetism power.
Samples of sand or soil may also be viewed to detect the recent use of the Earth Control power.
A MFV filter placed on a camera lens allows the investigator to document these readings as photographic evidence.
Materials SEM – To determine whether a piece of metal or other elemental sample has been Transmuted to its present state, technicians employ a scanning electron microscope, or SEM. A similar technique can determine whether a sample of powdery residue constitutes the remains of an object destroyed by the Disintegration power, and what material it used to be made of.
Secretion Analysis – Acids produced by the Secrete Acid and Spit Acid powers include only highly degraded trace elements of DNA. However, the exact chemical composition of acids varies between individuals according to blood type. An Acid Analysis test can therefore identify the secretor’s blood type.
Mutant venoms can be tested to see which of the three types they fall into: Venom (Bite), Venom (Stinger), or Venom (Spit.)
DNA can be extracted from bite venom drawn from a victim’s bloodstream and then processed to separate it out for identification.
Setule Analysis – To search a wall or other surface for signs that someone has traveled along it using the Wall Crawling power, apply a length of clear evidence tape (like packing tape, but with specially manufactured glues that do not degrade the gathered samples) along it. Under a microscope, search the tape for tiny hairs, which are in turn covered with even smaller hairs called setules. Each ends in a triangular tip. These tiny hairs enable mutants to scale walls.
Veterinary PET Imaging – A positron emission tomography (PET) scanner is used to study the brains of living vertebrate animals. Their metabolic functions and changes in blood flow in response to stimuli are recorded and compared to the responses of control creatures under the same conditions. If metabolic responses are sluggish or scrambled, it is apparent that the creature in question. was recently affected by the Command Birds, Command Fish, Command Mammals or Command Reptiles & Amphibians powers.
Wound Pattern Analysis – During post-mortem examination, medical examiners can make casts of wounds left by Natural Weaponry. Each natural weapon is as unique as a tooth, possessing distinctive grooves and edges. Medical examiners can also determine the angle of injury and the relative positions of attacker and victim when the forensic anamorphology wounds were inflicted. These extrapolations allow them to confirm or debunk, for example, claims of self-defense.