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Putting NGS into Practice: Q&A for Forensic Labs

February 23, 2016 9:12 am | by Michael L. Dickens | Comments

Next-Generation Sequencing is potentially game changing for forensic labs and the criminal justice system. However, putting NGS into place requires labs to adopt new technologies, processes and methods.

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AAFS: Photos of the 'CSI Mini-Camp'

February 22, 2016 4:15 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

One of the first events at this year's AAFS was a community outreach "CSI mini-camp" held at a local museum. 

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Controversy at NY State Police Lab Results in Lawsuit, Call for Outside Investigation

February 22, 2016 12:04 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Three scientists at the New York State Police laboratory have filed a federal lawsuit, claiming they were targeted because they questioned long-running DNA testing practices that could have affected criminal cases.

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How Hackers Steal Millions with Your Credit Card

February 19, 2016 12:16 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Cyber thieves regularly steal, and then sell, credit card numbers online netting millions of dollars in the process.

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Can Humans Distinguish Between Reality and CGI?

February 19, 2016 12:05 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

In a world where computer-generated imagery increasingly rivals photography, it’s becoming more difficult for people, and potentially a jury, to distinguish between the two.

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Congress to Consider Encryption after Apple Refuses to Build 'Backdoor'

February 19, 2016 11:53 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Reversing course, a key congressman said lawmakers will need to step into the debate over encryption vs. privacy.

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DNA Links Suspected Serial Killer to N.J. Teen’s 1965 Murder

February 18, 2016 12:22 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Fifty years and a DNA breakthrough later, the murder of 18-year-old Mary Agnes Klinsky has been connected to perhaps the most infamous suspected serial killer in New Jersey history.

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Los Angeles Hospital Pays $17,000 in Ransom to Computer Hackers

February 18, 2016 11:55 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Necessary computer functions, like CT scans, remained down, and patients had to be moved to other area hospitals, as staff used fax machines to relay patient information.

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Newly Enacted Gun Law in N.J. Puts Felons Behind Bars for Life

February 17, 2016 12:16 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The conviction is the first under a strict new version of the state’s criminal weapons statute that can carry life in prison for gun possession.

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Apple Rejects Court Order for 'Master Key' into San Bernardino Shooter’s iPhone

February 17, 2016 11:51 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The unlocking of the single cell phone would involve new software that would create a “master key, capable of opening hundreds of millions of locks,” according to the Apple CEO.

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Lifting Impossible Prints

February 17, 2016 11:01 am | by Derek Hardy and Bill Holtkamp | Comments

With no DNA or other trace evidence to go on in a cold attempted rape case in Va., investigators turned to a new laser technology to crack the 14-year-old case.

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Forensic Imaging Sheds Light on Footwear Analysis

February 17, 2016 10:52 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

New research is hoping to advance forensic imaging techniques by understanding the intricate process of how the sole of a shoe interacts with a hard surface using FTIR imaging.

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Monday's Briefing: 02/15/16

February 16, 2016 12:53 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Hope you enjoyed the long, holiday weekend. 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.

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Amnesty International: Citizen Evidence a ‘Game Changer’ in Genocide Investigations

February 16, 2016 12:45 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The cell phone, social media and other technologies have allowed some unparalleled looks into genocide, in real time.

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Fingerprint Brushes Could Transfer Touch DNA, Study Says

February 12, 2016 12:43 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A study has found that fingerprint brushes used to find latent prints could be picking up and then dropping off minimal amounts of genetic material in different locations.

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