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Bacterial communities living on an individual's pubic hairs could be used as a microbial 'signature' to trace their involvement in sexual assault cases, according to a study published in the open access journal Investigative Genetics.

Microbial 'Signature' Left During Sex Crimes

December 16, 2014 | by BioMed Central | Comments

Bacterial communities living on an individual's pubic hairs could be used as a microbial "signature" to trace their involvement in sexual assault cases. Hairs are one of the most common types of trace evidence collected during forensic investigations, but the majority of those recovered from crime scenes lack their roots and contain insufficient amounts of human genetic material to carry out DNA profiling of suspects.

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Secret Service Understaffed, Needs Leadership

December 19, 2014 9:17 am | Comments

The Secret Service “is stretched to and, in many cases, beyond its limits” and needs to hire 85 agents and 200 uniformed officers to sufficiently perform its mission, according to a report released on Thursday by the Department of Homeland Security.

Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Science School Shows How Science Can be Fun

December 18, 2014 10:12 am | Comments

Springfield, Ohio fourth graders conducted experiments this week just like forensic scientists would use in a lab in an effort to expose children to scientific career fields. Students at Perrin Woods Elementary School are participating in the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Science School. 

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New Forensic Center for Knox County

December 18, 2014 9:55 am | Comments

Knox County’s old forensic center was built for 200 autopsies a year, but performs 800. A new, larger autopsy facility unveiled Tuesday is expected to offer more space for storage and work. “This allows us to get out of the basement of the hospital,” Knox County Medical Examiner Dr. Darinka Mileusnic-Polchan said.

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ASU Professor to Serve on NIST Subcommittee to Strengthen Forensic Science

December 18, 2014 9:50 am | Comments

Connie Borror, a professor of statistics in Arizona State University’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, has been selected by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to serve on a group whose goal is to strengthen the field of forensic science through the identification and development of standards and guidelines.

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A high-flying quadcopter that captures aerial images of crime scenes not available to police before is now being utilized by Wilmington, Delaware investigators in the prosecution of homicide cases.

Mini-copter Captures Aerial Crime-scene Images

December 17, 2014 1:10 pm | by Terri Sanginiti, The News Journal | Comments

A high-flying quadcopter that captures aerial images of crime scenes not available to police before is now being utilized by Wilmington, Delaware investigators in the prosecution of homicide cases.               

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New Regional Forensic Center Opens in Tennessee County

December 17, 2014 12:52 pm | by Gerald Witt, Knoxville News Sentinel | Comments

Knox County’s old forensic center was built for 200 autopsies a year, but performs 800. A new, larger autopsy facility unveiled Tuesday is expected to offer more space for storage and work.                 

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Registration is now open to attend a NIST symposium on one of the biggest   challenges facing the advancement of forensic science and biometric technology –   the development of large research datasets.

NIST Symposium on Biometric and Forensic Technology

December 17, 2014 12:45 pm | by NIST | Comments

Registration is now open to attend a NIST symposium on one of the biggest challenges facing the advancement of forensic science and biometric technology — the development of large research datasets.           

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Police are hoping that a sketch artist's rendering will help them identify the embalmed head of a woman found in the western Pennsylvania woods last week.

Police Hope Sketch Will Help ID Embalmed Head

December 17, 2014 12:31 pm | by Joe Mandak, Associated Press | Comments

Police are hoping that a sketch artist's rendering will help them identify the embalmed head of a woman found in the western Pennsylvania woods last week.                           

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Stimulants use such as cocaine and amphetamine is associated with a nearly two-fold greater likelihood of suicidal behavior among people who inject drugs, say researchers. Drug addiction had already been identified as a major risk factor for suicide, and

Cocaine, Amphetamine Users More Likely to Take Their Own Lives

December 16, 2014 3:03 pm | by University of Montréal | Comments

Stimulants use such as cocaine and amphetamine is associated with a nearly two-fold greater likelihood of suicidal behavior among people who inject drugs, say researchers. Drug addiction had already been identified as a major risk factor for suicide, and it is in fact the cause of 10 percent of deaths among drug users. 

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W Va State Police Crime Lab Meeting New, Stricter Standards

December 16, 2014 2:44 pm | by Erin Beck, West Virginia Gazette | Comments

The West Virginia State Police crime lab is complying with stricter standards to maintain its accreditation with an international crime lab accrediting board, officials announced at a press conference.             

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Austrian forensic experts will need at least two months to determine whether they can identify the victims of an apparent massacre of 43 Mexicans, they said on Tuesday, but said the chances were slim because of damaged samples.

Austrian Experts Need Months to Identify Murdered Mexican Students

December 16, 2014 2:33 pm | by Reuters | Comments

Austrian forensic experts will need at least two months to determine whether they can identify the victims of an apparent massacre of 43 Mexicans, they said on Tuesday, but said the chances were slim because of damaged samples.       

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If Emily Beilby Kaye has a legacy, it is this: Rubber gloves. Thanks to her, investigators started wearing them regularly while handling evidence at crime scenes.

The Murder that Inspired a Forensic Innovation

December 15, 2014 3:41 pm | by Mara Bovsun, Daily News | Comments

If Emily Beilby Kaye has a legacy, it is this: Rubber gloves. Thanks to her, investigators started wearing them regularly while handling evidence at crime scenes.                         

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Police say a suspect was caught by a whisker when DNA from his beard hair led to his arrest.

Beard DNA Leads to Burglary Arrest

December 15, 2014 3:26 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Police say a suspect was caught by a whisker when DNA from his beard hair led to his arrest.                                             

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South Dakota's state crime lab has dramatically trimmed turnaround times for DNA and other forensic testing.

SD Crime Lab Speeds Turnaround Times for DNA

December 15, 2014 3:15 pm | by John Hult, Argus Leader | Comments

South Dakota's state crime lab has dramatically trimmed turnaround times for DNA and other forensic testing.                                         

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Grim Sleeper Defense Says DNA Points to Another Suspect

December 15, 2014 2:57 pm | by Marisa Gerber, Los Angeles Times | Comments

Since Los Angeles police first announced that they had made an arrest in the hunt for the so-called Grim Sleeper serial killer, the case involving the slayings of more than 10 women has centered around DNA. But now Lonnie Franklin's attorneys allege that genetic material from another man was found on items collected at the crime scenes of three of the victims linked to their client.

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