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Monday's Briefing: 03/07/16

March 7, 2016 12:20 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Here’s the forensic news you might have missed over the weekend, and what you’ll want to know to get you through your work week.


Forensic Botany Helps Put Illegal Loggers Behind Bars

March 7, 2016 12:10 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Four defendants pleaded guilty to illegally felling and stealing special maple trees in Washington state – based largely on the genetic identification found within the logs.


Knife Found Buried at OJ Simpson’s Estate Resurfaces

March 4, 2016 12:18 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

The LAPD have opened a new forensic investigation into one of the most enduring unsolved murder cases in American history.


Protecting Your Wi-Fi

March 4, 2016 9:18 am | by John J. Barbara | Comments

Before connecting to the wireless network, the wireless router needs to be made as secure as possible to prevent unauthorized access.


Exhuming Lee Harvey Oswald

March 4, 2016 9:12 am | by Dolly Stolze | Comments

Forensic investigators exhumed a coffin, and decapitated the corpse, to prove the identity of the body inside. Pathologists examined the skull and teeth, and finally reached a decision in the bizarre case of Lee Harvey Oswald.


Ethics and the Forensic Expert: What Would You Do?

March 4, 2016 9:05 am | by Judy Melinek | Comments

A couple of years ago I was part of a panel of forensic pathologists who posed ethical questions to both forensic experts and attorneys. We got very different answers.


Cyber Trends 2016

March 4, 2016 8:57 am | by Louis E. Grever and Paul Stokes | Comments

If 2015 is to be considered “the year of the breach” with almost weekly compromises becoming the norm, 2016 will be considered the “year of the exploit.”


Forensic Palynology Goes under the Microscope

March 3, 2016 12:59 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Experts say pollen forensic in the US is “miles behind” the rest of the world, but a new study is, again, showing the discipline's usefulness.


Lab Tech Suspended after Allegedly 'Dry Labbing' Drug Evidence

March 3, 2016 12:48 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A forensic scientist allegedly seen "dry labbing" a suspected marijuana sample in NJ has been suspended, as attorneys consider thousands of other cases he handled.


Reviewing DNA-Mixture Convictions: Here We Go, Again

March 3, 2016 12:29 pm | by Chris Asplen | Comments

Recent developments in the Texas criminal justice system may point towards the necessity of, once again, looking back at convictions because of new DNA technology.


Ancient DNA Sequencing IDs a Century-Old Irish Rebel

March 3, 2016 12:17 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Advances in DNA sequencing techniques and an unceremonious burial place covered over with quicklime would help scientists ID the remains almost a century later.


Arson Investigations

March 2, 2016 12:18 pm | by Dick Warrington and Owen McDonnell | Comments

Arson may be motivated by psychological problems, insurance fraud, or to cover-up of other crimes, and are some of the most challenging scenes crime scene investigators will ever encounter.


Matching Marijuana Genotypes at the Border

March 2, 2016 10:58 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

DNA genotyping isn’t just for uniquely fingerprinting suspects in criminal cases, like violent crimes, but now even smuggled drugs are coming under the sequencer.


How Science Cracked a 50-Year-Old Cold Case

March 2, 2016 10:14 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A forensic investigation traces the death of a high school girl, found by the side of the Garden State Parkway in the fall of 1965, to one of New Jersey’s most infamous suspected serial killers.


Examining Skeletal Remains from Ancient Egypt

March 1, 2016 1:13 pm | by Christine Miller | Comments

Can examining pedal skeletal remains provide any information about an individual’s health or quality of life even in thousands of years old bones from ancient Egypt?



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