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DNA evidence can be critical to solve a crime, but a big backlog of cases means it could be months, or even years, before some of those samples get tested.

Familial DNA Leads to Rape Suspect

November 19, 2014 7:09 am | Comments

For the second time in Wisconsin history, the DNA of a relative has led to the arrest of a suspect wanted for sexual assault. 24-year-old Antoine Pettis, of Milwaukee, was charged on Tuesday after he was identified by familial DNA.

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For three decades, the key to identifying a pedestrian struck and killed near an interstate exit ramp sat at investigators' fingertips. They just didn't realize it.

The History of Forensic Fingerprinting

November 19, 2014 7:03 am | Comments

The topic of my Sloan project came about very organically. As soon as I decided to apply for the grant, I knew it was going to involve forensics. Then I asked myself, "What's the most common tool people associate with criminal investigation?" The answer was obvious: fingerprints.

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Doug Wyler: Forensic Anthropologist

November 19, 2014 6:58 am | Comments

Death is a touchy subject and rarely something anyone deals with on a frequent basis. That is unless you happen to be Doug Wyler, a forensic anthropologist who works with the Los Angeles Police Department. City College students got a sneak peak into a day-in-the-life of this personality.

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Serological Research Institute has announced they are the first lab on the West Coast to offer a new, wet-vacuum based forensic DNA collection method. This new method has helped solve criminal investigations that were otherwise stalled or had gone complet

Rape Kit Backlog Persists Despite Funding

November 19, 2014 6:51 am | Comments

On average, in Bexar County, Texas, alone, forty-six-hundred people are raped every year.  That's thirteen new victims a day.  But it's estimated eighty percent of those victims will never report the crime. To make matters worse, Elizondo says less than twenty percent of rapists are brought to justice.   

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TBI Forensic Labs Receive High-Level Accreditations

November 18, 2014 2:02 pm | by The Chattanoogan | Comments

After a lengthy assessment by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors’ Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB), the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has obtained new accreditations for its forensic facilities in Nashville, Memphis, and Knoxville.

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For many decades, suicide was the unquestioned final chapter of Vincent van Gogh’s legend. But in their 2011 book, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographers Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith offered a far more plausible scenario — that Van Gogh was killed —

Forensic Expert Says Van Gogh was Murdered

November 18, 2014 1:53 pm | by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith, Vanity Fair | Comments

For many decades, suicide was the unquestioned final chapter of Vincent van Gogh’s legend. But in their 2011 book, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographers Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith offered a far more plausible scenario — that Van Gogh was killed — only to find themselves under attack. Now, with the help of a leading forensic expert, the authors take their case a step further.

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The Organization for Scientific Area Committee has appointed Wayne Niemeyer to its Subcommittee on Gunshot Residue, one of five Scientific Area Committee areas focusing on Chemistry/Instrumental Analysis. Niemeyer is a senior research scientist for McCron

Scientist Appointed to National Forensic Science Standards Committee

November 18, 2014 1:39 pm | Comments

The Organization for Scientific Area Committee has appointed Wayne Niemeyer to its Subcommittee on Gunshot Residue, one of five Scientific Area Committee areas focusing on Chemistry/Instrumental Analysis. Niemeyer is a senior research scientist for McCrone Associates, Inc., the analytical service division of The McCrone Group.

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The horrific murders of Helen Scott and Christine Eadie set in motion a long and challenging police investigation which would span decades, involve thousands of interviews and hours of detective work. But old fashioned detective work could only take the i

LED Light Helped Crack World's End Case

November 18, 2014 1:31 pm | by Edinburgh News | Comments

The horrific murders of Helen Scott and Christine Eadie set in motion a long and challenging police investigation which would span decades, involve thousands of interviews and hours of detective work. But old fashioned detective work could only take the investigation so far.

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Chiron has announced that they have signed an arrangement with Kura Biotec™ to distribute their impressive range of enzymes for analytical toxicology.

Chiron to Distribute Kura Biotec Enzymes for Analytical Toxicology

November 18, 2014 12:43 pm | Chiron AS | Comments

Chiron has announced that they have signed an arrangement with Kura Biotec™ to distribute their impressive range of enzymes for analytical toxicology.

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Forensic entomologists may be increasingly using complex analytical techniques in the study of insects, with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry showing great potential in ageing insects at crime scenes.

Forensic Entomologists & Analytical Chemists Join Forces in Insect Investigations

November 17, 2014 2:06 pm | Comments

Forensic entomologists may be increasingly using complex analytical techniques in the study of insects, with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry showing great potential in aging insects at crime scenes.             

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As Bill Inkster approached his 61st birthday, he knew he wanted to retire from his long-time dental practice and do something entirely different. Just how different that something would be — working with a brilliant forensic coroner and helping to solve s

Retirement-age Dentist Finds Second Career among Forensic Remains

November 17, 2014 1:54 pm | by Augusta Dwyer, The Globe and Mail | Comments

As Bill Inkster approached his 61st birthday, he knew he wanted to retire from his long-time dental practice and do something entirely different. Just how different that something would be — working with a brilliant forensic coroner and helping to solve some of British Columbia’s most baffling missing persons’ cases — was not exactly what he expected.

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Human Skull Found by Dog Belongs to Top 15 Fugitive

November 17, 2014 1:42 pm | by Jackie Vega, KXAN | Comments

After a dog brought a human skull home to its Southeast Austin owner on a mid-September morning, authorities have now identified the remains as that of Top 15 Most Wanted fugitive Kevin Patrick Stoeser.             

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Oklahoma State University students are making a big difference in a national effort to identify criminals using a sample of automobile paint taken from a crime scene.

Research Aims to Assist Forensic Investigations

November 17, 2014 1:24 pm | by Megan Sando, Stillwater News Press | Comments

Oklahoma State University students are making a big difference in a national effort to identify criminals using a sample of automobile paint taken from a crime scene.                        

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How Courts Miss Bad Forensics

November 17, 2014 1:07 pm | by Radley Balko, The Washington Post | Comments

A three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit unanimously upheld a federal district judge’s ruling against Louisiana prisoner James Koon, who in 1996 was convicted of killing an infant and sentenced to life in prison. The panel rejected Koon’s petition for a new trial based on what Koon claimed was newly discovered evidence that calls medical examiner Steven Hayne’s credibility into question.

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Forensic Nurses Stand at Sex-crime Victims' Side

November 14, 2014 2:02 pm | by Anne Millerbernd, Pioneer Press | Comments

One of Kristi Jarvis' most memorable moments is this: A victim of a sexual assault hugged her at length and thanked her for simply doing her job. Jarvis is a forensic nurse. In much of her work, she examines victims of domestic abuse, human trafficking and sexual assault.

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