An initiative to strengthen and bring uniformity to forensic science standards took another step forward recently as the National Institute of Standards and Technology appointed 35 new members to the Organization for Scientific Area Committees.
A Texas actress who sent ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and the New York mayor then tried to blame the crime on her soon-to-be ex-husband was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Wednesday.
Autopsy results were inconclusive for a family whose remains were found by hunters in a wooded area four years after they disappeared in rural Oklahoma, the state Medical Examiner's Office said.
Investigators on Wednesday sharply criticized the Justice Department’s handling of old FBI crime lab problems. In a sweeping, 138-page report, the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General cited “serious deficiencies” in the work of the task force assigned in 1996 to follow up on potentially troublesome crime lab cases.
Legends of mysterious part-human creatures have circulated for centuries, and those stories persist today in cultures around the world, from Yeti in the Himalayas to the Almas, or “wild man” in Central Asia to Sasquatch, a.k.a. Bigfoot, in North America. Now a research team has performed the first rigorous genetic analysis of three dozen hair samples that their collectors claimed came from such undiscovered, living humanoids.
Automating the forensic lab is crucial for increasing productivity and saving time for other tasks. Many crime labs are acquiring technology platforms called Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS). Even though many crime labs have a LIMS in place, they are still faced with the disconnect that exists between their LIMS and the law enforcement agency’s evidence management system.
Scientific testing has helped investigators in narrow in on the identity of the teenage boy whose skeletal remains were found in 1995. The boy is believed to have died in 1994. The Smithsonian assisted by conducting what’s called stable isotope analysis on a piece of bone fragment from the remains.
NIJ's Forensic Technology Center of Excellence is hosting a free, online course “Understanding Basic Statistical Concepts: Fingerprints." This NIJ-funded training will help fingerprint practitioners understand statistical concepts so they can improve their fingerprint conclusions and research.
DNA samples are vital to homicide and sexual assault trials and investigations. District Attorney Ron Moore says sometimes it takes a couple years for DNA results to be returned, which delays dozens and dozens of cases from going to trial.
Maryland State Police Superintendent Colonel Marcus L. Brown has announced a veteran forensic scientist with a broad range of expertise including DNA technology has been appointed as the new crime laboratory director.
DNA collections from suspects arrested in violent crimes could help solve those crimes as well as exonerate those wrongly charged or convicted. On that, the former prosecutor who authored the new Mississippi law requiring such collections and the Innocence Project agree. But the debate over whether the law violates individuals’ rights goes on.
A Milwaukee man suspected in a series of increasingly violent random sexual assaults over the past decade was charged after the State Crime Laboratory's first use of so-called "familial DNA" analysis, identifying a suspect through his relatives.
On Thursday, July 17, RTI International will hold the third of a four-part NIJ-funded online discussion about familial DNA searching. Join this panel discussion to learn more about current processes and procedures as well as the legal challenges and implementation ramifications of familial DNA searching.
Jeffrey Ng, a Forensic and Investigative Sciences and Biomedical Sciences major at Texas A&M University answers quuestions about his time at Texas A&M and what his plan are for his career.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice, have named Michigan State University’s Anil Jain among the first 17 appointments to the Forensic Science Standards Board.