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2007 DNA Sample Withheld Until 2010

August 28, 2014 10:55 am | Comments

A retired Lucas County sheriff’s detective said she kept a DNA sample from murder suspect Andrew Gustafson in her middle desk drawer for more than three years before turning it over to the Lucas County cold case unit in 2010.  

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Handheld DNA Diagnostic Unit

August 28, 2014 10:08 am | Comments

A revolutionary handheld and battery-powered DNA diagnostic device invented at the University of Otago is poised to become a commonly used field tool for rapidly detecting suspected viruses or bacteria in samples while also determining the level of infection. It also has many other potential uses, such as border security, forensics, or environmental monitoring.

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To say that developments in “Rapid DNA” have been progressing quickly is an understatement. From a front page USA Today article headline reading “Rapid DNA Test Could Transform Crime Fight”, to its first use in a criminal prosecution and, most importantly

UK Police Seek DNA from Missing Woman's Family

August 28, 2014 10:00 am | Comments

When Priscilla Berry vanished from her home in 1978 a question-mark was left over the fate of the 39-year-old. But 36 years later police are hoping to solve the mystery of the missing nurse from Mochdre, Conwy county, thanks to new DNA techniques.  

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A pair of thefts have disrupted the quiet rhythms of two Connecticut towns and have up-at-dawn farmers and their loyal farm stand clientele fuming.

Crime Where Telltale Clue is a Corn Tassel

August 27, 2014 2:36 pm | by Alison Leigh Cowan, The New York Times | Comments

A pair of thefts have disrupted the quiet rhythms of two Connecticut towns and have up-at-dawn farmers and their loyal farm stand clientele fuming.                             

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State-of-the-Art Police Forensic Lab Opens in Illinois

August 27, 2014 2:18 pm | by State of Illinois | Comments

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn was joined by state and local officials to open a new State Police Metro-East Forensic Science Laboratory in Belleville. The facility will provide the Illinois State Police (ISP) and police agencies throughout the region with enhanced crime-solving abilities.

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Arapahoe County district attorney George Brauchler, arrives at the Arapahoe County Justice Center for a hearing on whether testimony on fingerprint comparison should be allowed at the trial in the 2012 Colorado movie theatre shooting case, Monday, August

Colorado Theater Attack Lawyers Argue Fingerprints

August 27, 2014 1:02 pm | by Dan Eliot, Associated Press | Comments

Crime analysts testified recently about how they matched fingerprint evidence in the Colorado theater shooting investigation but provided little new information about the 2012 massacre that left 12 people dead and 70 wounded.       

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Experts working to identify the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 have gathered DNA samples from 283 people and have positively identified 173. Wim Heijnen of the Netherlands Forensic Institute said the DNA samples do not all correspond to a victim's

Experts Find 283 DNA Samples from MH17 Site

August 27, 2014 12:54 pm | by Mike Corder, Associated Press | Comments

Experts working to identify the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 have gathered DNA samples from 283 people and have positively identified 173. Wim Heijnen of the Netherlands Forensic Institute said the DNA samples do not all correspond to a victim's identification.

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A recent study by the British Geological Survey, in association with researchers at the University of Leicester, has delved into the bone and tooth chemistry of King Richard III and uncovered fascinating new details about the life and diet of Britain’s la

Bone Analysis Reveals Richard III's Royal Lifestyle

August 26, 2014 3:19 pm | by Univ. of Leicester | Comments

A recent study by the British Geological Survey, in association with researchers at the University of Leicester, has delved into the bone and tooth chemistry of King Richard III and uncovered fascinating new details about the life and diet of Britain’s last Plantagenet king. The study indicates a change in diet and location in his early childhood, and in later life, a diet filled with expensive, high status food and drink.

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California Lawmakers Pass Measure Requiring Timely Rape Kit Testing

August 26, 2014 2:59 pm | by Jennifer Chaussee, Reuters | Comments

Amid ongoing efforts to address a backlog of unanalyzed rape kits that go untested throughout the country, California lawmakers has passed a bill requiring law enforcement to process the evidence within a certain time frame.       

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A visit to the Crime Lab can illustrate the advances that the San Bernardino   County Sheriff’s Department in California has made over the past several   years. The Sheriff's Scientific Investigations Division has handled thousands   of cases, and as tech

DNA Cases in Sheriff’s Crime Lab Increase 500% in 5 Years

August 26, 2014 2:53 pm | by Fontana Herald News | Comments

A visit to the Crime Lab can illustrate the advances that the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department in California has made over the past several years. The Sheriff's Scientific Investigations Division has handled thousands of cases, and as technology has advanced, so has the crime lab.

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The discovery of more effective methods to detect and restore erased markings in firearms is of great interest to firearm examiners; in particular the invention of new nondestructive methods. Using new magneto optical (MO) sensor technology could be one w

Detecting Erased Markings in Firearms

August 26, 2014 8:12 am | by NIJ | Comments

Join NIJ’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) for an online roundtable to discuss the effectiveness of MO sensor technology, based on an evaluation by FTCoE on MO sensor technology’s detection and visualization of obliterated serial numbers in five different metals and one composite material.

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 Four men have teamed up to empower women to prevent sexual assault by giving them a way to detect date-rape drugs. Students from North Carolina State University's Materials Science and Engineering department created "Undercover Colors" nail polish that c

Nail Polish Detects Date Rape Drugs

August 25, 2014 3:09 pm | by Lauren Keating, Tech Times | Comments

Four men have teamed up to empower women to prevent sexual assault by giving them a way to detect date-rape drugs. Students from North Carolina State University's Materials Science and Engineering department created "Undercover Colors" nail polish that changes colors when it comes in contact with the date-rape drugs Rohypnol, Xanax and GHB.

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Bucks County Crime Lab Struggles with Backlog

August 25, 2014 2:55 pm | Comments

In May, police in Falls Township, Bucks County, pulled over Corey Sean Mcgrogan after getting a call about an intoxicated driver. Three months later, he's still waiting for a district judge to review his case and decide if it should go to trial. The delay is the result of a backlog at Bucks County's crime lab for tests that identify illegal substances.

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UK Close to Identifying Foley Killer

August 25, 2014 12:24 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Police and spy agencies are close to identifying the English-accented militant depicted on video showing the killing of U.S. journalist James Foley, Britain's ambassador to the United States says.               

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The Columbia Police Department in South Carolina has shut down its drug lab after an investigation found an analyst in the lab was not properly trained and her handling and analysis of drugs seized in criminal investigations were likely flawed.

Police Lab Shut Down because of Flawed Drug Analysis

August 25, 2014 11:58 am | by John Mock, The State | Comments

The Columbia Police Department in South Carolina has shut down its drug lab after an investigation found an analyst in the lab was not properly trained and her handling and analysis of drugs seized in criminal investigations were likely flawed.

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