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DNA Database Match Breaks Open Murder Case

November 25, 2014 4:33 am | Comments

Investigators revealed more information Friday morning about an arrest in the death of a 15-year-old Indianapolis girl. Dominique Allen was abducted in the early morning hours on Aug. 31 while she was sitting outside her sister’s home. She was then found strangled, her body burned.

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Researcher Aims for Faster, Cheaper DNA Sequencing

November 25, 2014 4:27 am | Comments

A team of scientists from Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute and IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center have developed a prototype DNA reader that could make whole genome profiling an everyday practice.

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Forensic Sketch Last Chance for PA John Doe

November 24, 2014 8:08 am | Comments

If a John Doe who died in the woods in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, two years ago eventually is identified, it might be because of one Arizona woman’s work. Catyana Falsetti, of Phoenix, last month created a detailed forensic sketch of what the man might have looked like using only his skull and an anthropologist’s report.

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Grant Supports Paint Sample Analysis Research

November 24, 2014 8:02 am | 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. OSU chemistry professor Barry K. Lavine was awarded a grant to continue his research of automobile paint samples to benefit forensic scientists

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WI Preps for Expanded DNA Testing

November 24, 2014 7:45 am | Comments

The Wisconsin Department of Justice has hired nearly twenty more workers and begun a pricey renovation of its Madison crime lab so that it will be able to handle tens of thousands of additional DNA samples when new collection requirements take effect next year.  

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In a press conference, Wichita Police credited evidence obtained by forensic nurses at Via Christi with linking a suspect to the brutal rape and attempted murder at a Wichita Park, Kansas.

Nurses Collect Evidence to Help Solve Rape Case

November 21, 2014 2:13 pm | by Jade DeGood, KWCH 12 | Comments

In a press conference, Wichita Police credited evidence obtained by forensic nurses at Via Christi with linking a suspect to the brutal rape and attempted murder at a Wichita Park, Kansas.                 

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A man who spent nearly four decades in prison after being convicted of murder is expected to be freed Friday after a witness confessed he lied as a boy when he told jurors he saw the deadly attack.

Witness Recants, Freeing Ohio Man after 39 Years

November 21, 2014 1:58 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

A man who spent nearly four decades in prison after being convicted of murder is expected to be freed Friday after a witness confessed he lied as a boy when he told jurors he saw the deadly attack.               

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Geologists are close to confirming what many scientists have long thought to be true - that human hair is an archive of geospatial movement. Such data may be used not only to identify the location of a murder victim, since bodies are sometimes dumped afte

Geologists Cite Hair as Tool to Place Bodies

November 21, 2014 12:33 pm | by Rob Enslin, Syracuse University | Comments

Geologists are close to confirming what many scientists have long thought to be true - that human hair is an archive of geospatial movement. Such data may be used not only to identify the location of a murder victim, since bodies are sometimes dumped after a homicide, but also to track the geographic movement of a suspect.

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Scientists from DFS, OCME Earn National Appointments

November 21, 2014 12:06 pm | by DC Government, Department of Forensic Sciences | Comments

The scientists at the District’s Consolidated Forensic Laboratory do cutting-edge work every day. But six people with ties to that state-of-the-art facility have been asked to literally help shape the future of forensic science in the United States.

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PA Middle School Students Learn Science Through Forensics

November 20, 2014 10:18 am | Comments

Students in Founders' Hall Middle School's Academy in Math and Science program, known as AIMS, take part in weekly enrichment that includes an extra period of science. The work is extracurricular and challenges students to reach beyond their standard curriculum, watching science unfold in real-life applications. The focus this year has been on forensic science.

Postal Inspectors Discover $90,000 Worth of Bath Salts in Chinese Package

November 20, 2014 10:06 am | Comments

An express postal package from China, that was bound for a house in Destrehan, Louisiana, was intercepted by authorities and found to contain an estimated $90,000 worth of the illegal designer drug "Molly," St. Charles Parish authorities reported Tuesday.

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DNA Could Free Inmate After 36 Years

November 20, 2014 10:01 am | Comments

  A man convicted of murder in the 1978 shooting death of a Southern California man should be freed after 36 years behind bars, based on DNA analysis and investigative reports withheld from his trial attorney, a prosecutor said on Wednesday after a judge overturned the conviction.

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Cell Phone Background Image Leads to Suspect

November 20, 2014 4:38 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Police tracking down a suspected killer came across a telling piece of evidence that led to an arrest: A cellphone, logged into a man's Facebook account, with a news photo of the crime scene as the background screen.

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Frederic Chopin's deathbeb request was that his heart be removed and entombed in his native Poland. The organ has been exhumed several times, most recently in a secret operation to check whether the tissue remains well preserved. Chopin experts have wante

Chopin's Heart Exhumed in Secret

November 19, 2014 10:16 am | by Vanessa Gera, Associated Press | Comments

Frederic Chopin's deathbeb request was that his heart be removed and entombed in his native Poland. The organ has been exhumed several times, most recently in a secret operation to check whether the tissue remains well preserved. Chopin experts have wanted to carry out genetic testing to establish whether the sickly genius died at 39 of tuberculosis, as is generally believed, or of some other illness.

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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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