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New Mississippi DNA Law Could Help Wrongly Convicted

July 14, 2014 1:57 pm | by Jimmie Gates, The Clarion-Ledger | Comments

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.


Familial DNA Leads to Charges in Serial Sex Assaults

July 14, 2014 1:44 pm | by Bruce Vielmetti, the Journal Sentinel | Comments

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.


Familial DNA Searching Discussion Continues

July 14, 2014 12:53 pm | by NIJ | Comments

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.


Forensic Sciences Student Pursues Career in Military Intelligence

July 11, 2014 2:20 pm | by Angel Futrell, Texas A&M Univ. | Comments

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.               

MSU Professor Appointed to NIST Forensic Science Standards Board

July 11, 2014 2:03 pm | by Michigan State Univ. | Comments

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.       


Medical App Amasses Evidence against War-zone Rapists

July 11, 2014 1:42 pm | by Aviva Rutkin, New Scientist | Comments

Hundreds of women are raped in the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo every day. A new app for doctors could help prosecute some of the perpetrators.                           


Learn Formal Firearm Examination Skills

July 11, 2014 12:29 pm | by NIJ | Comments

West Virginia University is offering an Introduction to Firearm Examination course. This NIJ-funded course will give participants a basic understanding of firearm examination techniques with hands-on practice with firearm components and microscopic comparisons.


WVU Establishes Department of Forensic and Investigative Science

July 9, 2014 4:15 pm | by West Virginia Univ. | Comments

Recognizing the growth during the past 20 years of forensic and investigative sciences as a career path, West Virginia University, long a national leader in the field, has established the Department of Forensic and Investigative Science.   


The Science of Fighting Crime

July 9, 2014 3:48 pm | by Jeff Brown, Smyrna-Clayton Sun-Times | Comments

From scouring a child pornographer’s computer hard drive to pulling up invisible fingerprints at a homicide scene or working to identify guns used in a crime, police in Delaware are increasingly using advanced technology to bring criminals to justice.


Collisions with Robots Help to Assess Injury

July 9, 2014 1:58 pm | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | Comments

Teamwork between humans and robots will be the motto of the future. But robots may not injure humans at all. When does contact cause an injury, though? Researchers are exploring this for the first time in a study. Their findings will also benefit criminal investigative agencies and medical examiners.


Blood Spatter Training Teaches OSBI Science behind Crime Scenes

July 9, 2014 1:42 pm | by Adrianna Iwasinski, News9 | Comments

Finding crucial clues at crime scenes, that's what OSBI special agents and other law enforcement agencies have been doing the past several weeks. It is part of an intense, six weeks investigative training session taking place in Oklahoma City. 


Delivery and Evaluation of Sexual Assault Forensic (SAFE) Training Programs

July 9, 2014 1:31 pm | by Debra Patterson, Stella Resko, Jennifer Pierce-Weeks and Rebecca Campbell, NIJ | Comments

This study evaluated the effectiveness of the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) SAFE training programs. The programs used an innovative blended learning approach, which included a didactic portion online over a 12-week period and a two-day simulated clinical skills workshop. 

ROTC Cadets On Site for Biometric and Forensic Training

July 9, 2014 10:44 am | by NFSTC | Comments

Twelve lucky ROTC cadets from around the U.S. have arrived at NFSTC to participate in the 6th annual Biometric and Forensic Internship training. The cadets will receive two-weeks of unique hands-on training similar to that provided to special operations and international forces.


Sir Alec Jeffreys and DNA Fingerprinting

July 9, 2014 9:17 am | by Society of Biology | Comments

It has reunited a mother with her two-month-old son separated in the Boxing Day tsunami, given freedom to an innocent man on death row, and returned the remains of September 11 victims to their families. It is DNA fingerprinting — the discovery by Sir Alec Jeffreys one Monday morning 30 years ago that revolutionized the world.


Opening the Black Box of NIBIN

July 9, 2014 8:42 am | by NIJ | Comments

NIJ’s next Research for the Real World seminar examines the operations of the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN), a program with which firearms examiners are able to compare fired bullets or cartridges from a crime scene with digitized images of ballistic evidence in a nationwide database.



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