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The first of the bodies from Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 have arrived in the Netherlands ready for forensic investigation into the remains of the 298 passengers and crew. Identifying the victims is going to pose many challenges given the potential stat

How Dental Records Will Help Identify Bodies from MH17

July 24, 2014 | by Ahmad Samarji, The Conversation | Comments

The first of the bodies from Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 have arrived in the Netherlands ready for forensic investigation into the remains of the 298 passengers and crew. Identifying the victims is going to pose many challenges given the potential state of the bodies and remains, both from the initial explosion and the delay in recovery, but dental records can definitely help.

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Thermo Fisher Signs Exclusive Global Distribution Agreement with NewLab for Forensic Sample Processing Technology

July 24, 2014 2:50 pm | Thermo Scientific | Comments

Thermo Fisher Scientific has signed an agreement with NewLab Engineering, a subsidiary of COPAN Italia, for the exclusive global rights to distribute Card Processing Automation (CPA) technology, which is designed to prepare DNA samples for human identification in forensic, paternity and research laboratories. 

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The remains of some victims of the Malaysian airliner crash may never be recovered unless there is a secure and thorough search of the area in rebel-controlled east Ukraine where it was shot down, Australia's prime minister said Wednesday.

Australia Calls for Thorough Forensic Search of Crash Site

July 23, 2014 1:02 pm | by Rod McGuirk, Associated Press | Comments

The remains of some victims of the Malaysian airliner crash may never be recovered unless there is a secure and thorough search of the area in rebel-controlled east Ukraine where it was shot down, Australia's prime minister said Wednesday.   

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Arrest Linked to Gun Used after Boston Bombings

July 23, 2014 12:42 pm | by Denise LaVoie, Associated Press | Comments

It has been one of the lingering questions since the dramatic manhunt that gripped the Boston area in the days after the marathon bombings: Where did the suspects get the gun that authorities say they used to kill a university police officer?  

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Cleveland police have sent the last of 3,985 rape kits to the state crime lab for testing, clearing a backlog of untested sexual assault evidence stretching back to 1993.

Cleveland Clears It's Backlog of Untested Rape Kits

July 23, 2014 12:06 pm | by Rachel Dissell, The Plain Dealer | Comments

Cleveland police have sent the last of 3,985 rape kits to the state crime lab for testing, clearing a backlog of untested sexual assault evidence stretching back to 1993.                       

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The Society of Forensic Toxicology Continuing Education and Drug-Facilitated Crimes Committees and the DC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will co-host a two-day workshop on Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault (DFSA), taking place online and on location i

Drug-facilitated Sexual Assault

July 23, 2014 11:43 am | by NIJ | Comments

The Society of Forensic Toxicology Continuing Education and Drug-Facilitated Crimes Committees and the DC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will co-host a two-day workshop on Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault (DFSA), taking place online and on location in Washington, DC, on August 11-12, 2014.

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Returning the 298 victims from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 to their families with dignity and respect is a major priority for each nation involved. Disaster victim identification (DVI) is a difficult task, but will be made even more challenging in this

Identifying Bodies from MH17 is a Forensic Challenge

July 22, 2014 1:46 pm | by Kirsty Wright, the Conversation | Comments

Returning the 298 victims from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 to their families with dignity and respect is a major priority for each nation involved. Disaster victim identification (DVI) is a difficult task, but will be made even more challenging in this instance given the delays in body recovery and the interference of the crash site that is said to span over a 10km area including within a combat zone.

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A D.C. Superior Court judge has decided that DNA evidence exonerates a man who spent 26 years in prison for the 1982 rape and murder of a Washington woman.

Man Exonerated, DNA Reveals FBI Error

July 22, 2014 1:00 pm | by Keith Alexander and Spencer Hsu, The Wahington Post | Comments

A D.C. Superior Court judge has decided that DNA evidence exonerates a man who spent 26 years in prison for the 1982 rape and murder of a Washington woman.                           

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Bowing to international pressure, pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane, four days after it plunged into rebel-held eastern Ukraine.

Rebels Release Train with Bodies from Downed Jet

July 22, 2014 12:48 pm | by Nicolas Garriga and Nicolae Dumitrache, Associated Press | Comments

Bowing to international pressure, pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane, four days after it plunged into rebel-held eastern Ukraine.       

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 "What exactly are they trying to hide?" President Barack Obama asked Monday as he demanded that Ukrainian rebels give investigators access to the wreckage of the downed jetliner. Aviation and defense experts say the victims' bodies could contain missile

Vital Evidence Feared Withheld by Ukraine's Rebels

July 22, 2014 10:24 am | by Danica Kirka and John-Thor Dahlburg, Associated Press | Comments

"What exactly are they trying to hide?" President Barack Obama asked Monday as he demanded that Ukrainian rebels give investigators access to the wreckage of the downed jetliner. Aviation and defense experts say the victims' bodies could contain missile shrapnel. Chemical residue on the plane could confirm the type of weapon that brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. 

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Human forensic evidence collected from crime scenes is frequently comingled with biomaterial of canine and feline origins. The ability to accurately detect and quantify target DNA in mixed-species samples is crucial when target templates may be overwhelme

DNA-based Multi-species Identification and Quantification Assay

July 22, 2014 9:24 am | by K’Lynn Solt and Sree Kanthaswamy, NIJ | Comments

Human forensic evidence collected from crime scenes is frequently comingled with biomaterial of canine and feline origins. The ability to accurately detect and quantify target DNA in mixed-species samples is crucial when target templates may be overwhelmed by non-target DNA.

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The Bone Detective

July 21, 2014 12:05 pm | by Kelley Freund, William & Mary Univ. | Comments

From serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer’s first victim, to the soldier in Vietnam’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, to victims of the Pentagon plane crash on 9/11, Robert Mann has examined more than 4,000 ancient and modern human skeletons during his career, searching for clues to their identity — which is ironic because he got his start in the field by searching for his own.

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Forensics Experts Reach Crash Victims in Ukraine

July 21, 2014 11:42 am | by David Herszenhorn, Sabrina Tavernise and Neil MacFarquhar, The New York Times | Comments

Dutch forensics experts gained access on Monday to the remains of the victims from the downed Malaysia Airlines jet in eastern Ukraine after days of standoffs over access to the site and growing pressure on President Vladimir Putin of Russia to clear the way for a full international investigation.

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Unlicensed Mortician Had Remains of 50, Twelve Bodies in Storage

July 21, 2014 11:21 am | by Denise LaVoie, Associated Press | Comments

An unlicensed funeral director accused of stealing more than $12,000 from an elderly couple could face more charges after authorities found 12 bodies and the cremated remains of more than 40 others in two self-storage units he rented, authorities say.

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Material Gathered in the Netherlands to ID MH17 Victims

July 21, 2014 11:02 am | by Mike Corder, Associated Press | Comments

Forensic teams fanned out across the Netherlands on Saturday to collect material including DNA samples that will help positively identify the remains of victims killed in the downing of the Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine.       

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An Attempt to Link Cold Cases

July 18, 2014 1:56 pm | by Scott North, The Herald of Everett | Comments

Attorneys for a convicted rapist charged with two 1995 cold-case killings say prosecutors are trying to prop up a pair of weak murder charges by taking them to trial as a matched set.                   

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