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A man surrendered in Oregon after police say he killed his girlfriend, posted gruesome photos of her body and the crime scene online, and wrote that he wanted authorities to kill him.

Slaying Suspect Caught after Posting Photos

November 6, 2014 1:38 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

A man surrendered in Oregon after police say he killed his girlfriend, posted gruesome photos of her body and the crime scene online, and wrote that he wanted authorities to kill him.                   

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A nondescript 40,000-square-foot building in Ashland, Oregon, houses one of the world’s most unusual enterprises: the world’s only forensic crime lab — for animals.

Animal Forensic Practices of an Oregon Lab

November 6, 2014 1:22 pm | by Here&Now | Comments

A nondescript 40,000-square-foot building in Ashland, Oregon, houses one of the world’s most unusual enterprises: the world’s only forensic crime lab — for animals.                         

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A Boston-based startup, called Amplyus, has invented the miniPCR, a small, relatively cheap do-it-yourself DNA copying kit for homes and schools.

Boston Kickstarter Puts miniPCR in Classrooms

November 5, 2014 2:52 pm | by Elise Harmon, BostInno | Comments

A Boston-based startup, called Amplyus, has invented the miniPCR, a small, relatively cheap do-it-yourself DNA copying kit for homes and schools.                             

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Starting with a simple DNA swab taken from fang marks on people bitten by snakes, an international research team correctly identified the species of the biting snake 100 percent of the time in a first-of-its-kind clinical study.

Forensic DNA Test Links Snake Bite Marks to Species

November 5, 2014 2:28 pm | by Burness Communications | Comments

Starting with a simple DNA swab taken from fang marks on people bitten by snakes, an international research team correctly identified the species of the biting snake 100 percent of the time in a first-of-its-kind clinical study.      

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The University of Tampa’s forensic science degree program has received a donation of DNA, drugs and explosives laboratory instruments that will allow students to experience real-world, hands-on research.

UT Receives Donation of Crime Forensics Analysis Instruments

November 5, 2014 2:15 pm | by University of Tampa | Comments

The University of Tampa’s forensic science degree program has received a donation of DNA, drugs and explosives laboratory instruments that will allow students to experience real-world, hands-on research.             

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A renowned pathologist testified he could not determine whether a neurologist was fatally poisoned by her husband, a University of Pittsburgh medical researcher on trial for criminal homicide.

Expert Pathologist Can't Confirm Poisoning

November 5, 2014 2:03 pm | by Joe Mandak, Associated Press | Comments

A renowned pathologist testified he could not determine whether a neurologist was fatally poisoned by her husband, a University of Pittsburgh medical researcher on trial for criminal homicide.                 

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Solving the mystery of Jack the Ripper is a big claim — but seldom have so many words been written about so few pieces of meaningful evidence.

Still a Mystery: DNA Hasn’t Named Jack the Ripper after All

November 4, 2014 1:04 pm | by Mick Reed, The Conversation | Comments

Solving the mystery of Jack the Ripper is a big claim — but seldom have so many words been written about so few pieces of meaningful evidence.                             

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Crime Lab Trying to Identify Burned Body with DNA

November 4, 2014 12:47 pm | by Wayne Ford, Athens Banner-Herald | Comments

Nearly 40 days after a slain man’s body was found in a burned vehicle in Elbert County, Georgia, authorities still are not confident enough about a positive identification to release a name.                 

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DNA Evidence in Cold-case Murder Trial Faces Scrutiny

November 4, 2014 12:41 pm | by Douglass Dowty, Syracuse.com | Comments

An expert testified that she couldn't be certain that DNA found under a murdered woman's fingernails belonged to her estranged husband, Ron Meadow.                             

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Engineers have developed a new type of carbon nanotube material for handheld sensors that will be quicker and better at sniffing out explosives, deadly gases and illegal drugs.

Making Sensor Technology Better at Sniffing Materials

November 4, 2014 12:08 pm | by University of Utah | Comments

Engineers have developed a new type of carbon nanotube material for handheld sensors that will be quicker and better at sniffing out explosives, deadly gases and illegal drugs.                     

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Federal accident investigators have an early sense of what went wrong before an experimental spaceship designed to ferry tourists beyond the Earth's atmosphere broke apart during a test flight. But they still don't know why the craft prematurely shifted i

Looking for Answers at Spaceship Crash

November 4, 2014 11:49 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | Comments

Federal accident investigators have an early sense of what went wrong before an experimental spaceship designed to ferry tourists beyond the Earth's atmosphere broke apart during a test flight. But they still don't know why the craft prematurely shifted its shape prior to the deadly crash.

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Next generation DNA analysis, which researchers say can reveal a level of detail far beyond what currently is used in criminal investigation, is awaiting its first courtroom test in Massachusetts.

DNA Analysis Could Provide Complete Description of Suspect

November 3, 2014 3:12 pm | by Theodore Decker, The Columbus Dispatch | Comments

Next generation DNA analysis, which researchers say can reveal a level of detail far beyond what currently is used in criminal investigation, is awaiting its first courtroom test in Massachusetts.               

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Increasingly, law enforcement investigators across the country are putting their faith in cadaver dogs to help find remains — bodies, bones and blood from the missing and the murdered. These dogs have helped convict some murder suspects, even when no body

Cadaver Dogs Find Evidence When Others Can't

November 3, 2014 3:00 pm | by Martha Irvine, Associated Press | Comments

Increasingly, law enforcement investigators across the country are putting their faith in cadaver dogs to help find remains — bodies, bones and blood from the missing and the murdered. These dogs have helped convict some murder suspects, even when no body is found. Trainers and some forensic scientists say the dogs can detect human residue that's been left behind in a trunk, or on a blanket or tarp, or a temporary grave of some sort.

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State Forensic Agency Will No Longer Process Misdemeanor Marijuana Evidence

November 3, 2014 12:08 pm | by Ashlie Walter, The News & Advance | Comments

In a bid to limit the number of backlogged drug cases, the Virginia Department of Forensic Science will no longer process marijuana in its labs for evidence in misdemeanor cases.                     

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A retired San Diego police criminalist connected through DNA to the 1984   murder of 14-year-old Claire Hough apparently told a friend earlier this year   that he’d photographed the girl on Torrey Pines State Beach shortly before   she turned up dead, acc

Warrants Reveal Evidence in 1984 Killing

November 3, 2014 12:03 pm | by Kristina Davis, U-T San Diego | Comments

A retired San Diego police criminalist connected through DNA to the 1984 murder of 14-year-old Claire Hough apparently told a friend earlier this year that he’d photographed the girl on Torrey Pines State Beach shortly before she turned up dead, according to search warrant affidavits unsealed recently.

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