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October 21, 2014 | by Jenny Button | Chiron AS | Articles | Comments

In recent years we have seen the drug market flooded with new psychoactive substances, often misleadingly termed “legal highs.” The emergence of new compounds is growing year on year, leaving many working in this area floundering under the ingenuity of the market, and the speed at which it reacts.

 

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Report Suggests Improvements for Trafficking Investigations

October 22, 2014 10:23 am | News | Comments

A new NIJ-funded study by the Urban Institute and Northeastern University explored patterns of labor trafficking in the U.S., finding that trafficking occurs in multiple industries, including agriculture, hospitality, construction, and restaurants.

Battelle has been awarded a federal grant in excess of $800,000 from the National Institute of Justice to conduct feasibility and validation tests on a suite of new investigative tools that use next-generation sequencing (NGS) to unlock new clues from DNA

DNA Evidence Fails to Incriminate Toha

October 22, 2014 10:14 am | News | Comments

Prosecutors have finished presenting evidence against Munawar Toha, wrapping up their case against the 67-year-old on Tuesday afternoon. A prosecution witness said a key piece of DNA evidence failed to incriminate Toha as the man who dumped his wife’s body in a lake.

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An expert in crime scene investigations told a jury that evidence in the slaying of a young Stow woman showed that a “blood-shedding event” occurred inside the bedroom of defendant Roxanne Buck, and an attempt was made to clean it up.

New Forensic Evidence in Ferguson Shooting Case

October 22, 2014 10:05 am | News | Comments

Tensions are rising once again in Ferguson, Missouri as new details emerged about the Michael Brown police shooting. CNN reports new forensic evidence shows Michael Brown's blood was found on Ofc. Darren Wilson's gun, uniform, and inside the interior door panel of the officer's car.

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Syringe Drive for Precise Liquid Handling

October 22, 2014 9:55 am | Hamilton Company | Product Releases | Comments

The Hamilton PSD/6 is the newest full-height syringe pump to join the Hamilton PSD family, and performs all standard liquid handling functions including dispensing, serial dispensing, and diluting.

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The CSI Effect

October 21, 2014 6:04 am | News | Comments

The “CSI Effect” — it’s a real thing. It describes the effect CSI and other crime investigation shows have had on public awareness of forensic science. As the popularity of these shows rise, schools have seen an increase in the demand for undergraduate courses and graduate programs in forensic science.

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To say that developments in “Rapid DNA” have been progressing quickly is an understatement. From a front page USA Today article headline reading “Rapid DNA Test Could Transform Crime Fight”, to its first use in a criminal prosecution and, most importantly

DNA Collection Shortfall

October 21, 2014 5:21 am | News | Comments

Law officers are asking the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation how to best collect genetic material from people convicted of certain misdemeanors and enter the information into a national database.

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Biosafety Cabinet

October 21, 2014 5:00 am | Labconco Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The new Purifier® Axiom™ bridges the gap between Type A and Type B by offering an Omni-Flex design allowing the cabinet to be installed in a Type A mode when not working with chemical hazards or in a ducted Type B mode when the application changes for using hazardous vapors.

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A visit to the Crime Lab can illustrate the advances that the San Bernardino   County Sheriff’s Department in California has made over the past several   years. The Sheriff's Scientific Investigations Division has handled thousands   of cases, and as tech

Nevada Implements Arrestee DNA Collection for Felony Offenses

October 20, 2014 10:47 am | News | Comments

A Nevada law that requires DNA samples be taken from every person arrested on a felony charge — and criticized by civil rights groups as an invasion of privacy — has seen surprisingly little pushback in the four months it has been in practice.

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Crime Novelist Charts the History of Forensics

October 20, 2014 10:36 am | News | Comments

Crime novelist Val McDermid charts the history of forensics and interviews crime scene investigators to get the maggots-and-all story. McDermid, 59, is the author of 28 crime novels; for her nonfiction work, Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime, she has interviewed crime scene investigators (CSIs), ranging from blood spatter specialists to DNA swabbers, craniofacial reconstruction experts, and footprint and toxicology analysts.

Orbitrap-Based Mass Spectrometer

October 20, 2014 10:23 am | Thermo Scientific | Product Releases | Comments

The new Thermo Scientific Q Exactive Focus LC-MS/MS is designed to make the qualitative and quantitative power of Orbitrap-based instruments available to customers who use quadrupole time-of-flight (Q-TOF) mass spectrometry or other technologies.  

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Search Ends with Discovery of Human Remains

October 20, 2014 10:17 am | News | Comments

The search for 18-year-old Hannah Graham was called off after human remains were found in a rural part of Albemarle County. The remains that were discovered were taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office in downtown Richmond where test will be conducted to positively ID the body.

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International Symposium on Human Identification (ISHI)

October 20, 2014 7:07 am | Events

ISHI is an annual conference for the DNA forensic community to learn, share and network amongst industry peers and experts.Grapevine, TXwww.ishinews.com

PEAF

October 20, 2014 7:05 am | Events

The purpose of the Property & Evidence Association of Florida, Inc. is to promote education and professionalism of the Property and Evidence function within the State of Florida.Orlando, FLwww.peaf.net

Int'l Homicide Investigators Association

October 20, 2014 7:03 am | Events

The mission of the International Homicide Investigators Association (IHIA) is to provide active support to law enforcement death professionals through leadership, training, networking, and provision of resources and expertise to resolve cases. The IHIA membership is representative of the diverse fields of law enforcement, forensics, behavioral specialties, coroners/medical examiners, prosecutors, and information analysts forming a strong bond of interagency support, cooperation, and coordination and building effective partnerships.Washington, DCwww.ihia.org

PNWD IAI

October 20, 2014 7:00 am | Events

The Pacific Northwest Division of the International Association for Identification's mission is to organize people in the professions of forensic identification, investigation, and scientific examination of physical evidence, through education, training and research, so the professions can be effectively standardized and scientifically practiced, and they encourage the growth and improvement of the professions by employing the collective wisdom of the members.Portland, ORwww.pnwdiai.org

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