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A small group of Dutch and Australian investigators combed the sprawling, unsecured site where Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 went down, taking notes and photos as their governments prepared police detachments they hope can help protect the crash area and b

Australia, Netherlands Ready to Secure Crash Site

July 25, 2014 | by Jona Kallgren and Lucian Kim, Associated Press | Comments

A small group of Dutch and Australian investigators combed the sprawling, unsecured site where Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 went down, taking notes and photos as their governments prepared police detachments they hope can help protect the crash area and bring the last of the victims home.

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Thermo Fisher Signs Exclusive Global Distribution Agreement with NewLab for Forensic Sample Processing Technology

July 24, 2014 2:50 pm | Thermo Scientific | Comments

Thermo Fisher Scientific has signed an agreement with NewLab Engineering, a subsidiary of COPAN Italia, for the exclusive global rights to distribute Card Processing Automation (CPA) technology, which is designed to prepare DNA samples for human identification in forensic, paternity and research laboratories. 

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James Holmes' Lawyers Question Firearms Analysis

July 24, 2014 12:47 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Defense attorneys in the Colorado theater shooting case attacked the reliability of firearms analysis Wednesday, saying it is subjective and lacks statistics to measure its accuracy.                   

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The first of the bodies from Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 have arrived in the Netherlands ready for forensic investigation into the remains of the 298 passengers and crew. Identifying the victims is going to pose many challenges given the potential stat

How Dental Records Will Help Identify Bodies from MH17

July 24, 2014 12:19 pm | by Ahmad Samarji, The Conversation | Comments

The first of the bodies from Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 have arrived in the Netherlands ready for forensic investigation into the remains of the 298 passengers and crew. Identifying the victims is going to pose many challenges given the potential state of the bodies and remains, both from the initial explosion and the delay in recovery, but dental records can definitely help.

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Investigators from Rock County, Wisconsin, are one step closer to solving the mystery surrounding the death of an unknown teenager thanks to Smithsonian scientists.

Smithsonian Helps Wisconsin Police Narrow Search in 20-year-old Mystery

July 24, 2014 12:01 pm | by Micaela Jemison, Smithsonian Institution | Comments

Investigators from Rock County, Wisconsin, are one step closer to solving the mystery surrounding the death of an unknown teenager thanks to Smithsonian scientists.                         

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Dead Body Feeding Larvae Useful in Forensic Investigations

July 24, 2014 11:43 am | by Pensoft Publishers | Comments

Non-biting blow fly Chrysomya megacephala is commonly found in dead bodies and is used in forensic investigations to determine the time of death, referred to as the post mortem interval. A report of synanthropic derived form of C. megacephala is provided for the first time based on morphological features and molecular characterization through generation of DNA barcoding.

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The remains of some victims of the Malaysian airliner crash may never be recovered unless there is a secure and thorough search of the area in rebel-controlled east Ukraine where it was shot down, Australia's prime minister said Wednesday.

Australia Calls for Thorough Forensic Search of Crash Site

July 23, 2014 1:02 pm | by Rod McGuirk, Associated Press | Comments

The remains of some victims of the Malaysian airliner crash may never be recovered unless there is a secure and thorough search of the area in rebel-controlled east Ukraine where it was shot down, Australia's prime minister said Wednesday.   

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Arrest Linked to Gun Used after Boston Bombings

July 23, 2014 12:42 pm | by Denise LaVoie, Associated Press | Comments

It has been one of the lingering questions since the dramatic manhunt that gripped the Boston area in the days after the marathon bombings: Where did the suspects get the gun that authorities say they used to kill a university police officer?  

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Cleveland police have sent the last of 3,985 rape kits to the state crime lab for testing, clearing a backlog of untested sexual assault evidence stretching back to 1993.

Cleveland Clears It's Backlog of Untested Rape Kits

July 23, 2014 12:06 pm | by Rachel Dissell, The Plain Dealer | Comments

Cleveland police have sent the last of 3,985 rape kits to the state crime lab for testing, clearing a backlog of untested sexual assault evidence stretching back to 1993.                       

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The Society of Forensic Toxicology Continuing Education and Drug-Facilitated Crimes Committees and the DC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will co-host a two-day workshop on Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault (DFSA), taking place online and on location i

Drug-facilitated Sexual Assault

July 23, 2014 11:43 am | by NIJ | Comments

The Society of Forensic Toxicology Continuing Education and Drug-Facilitated Crimes Committees and the DC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will co-host a two-day workshop on Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault (DFSA), taking place online and on location in Washington, DC, on August 11-12, 2014.

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Returning the 298 victims from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 to their families with dignity and respect is a major priority for each nation involved. Disaster victim identification (DVI) is a difficult task, but will be made even more challenging in this

Identifying Bodies from MH17 is a Forensic Challenge

July 22, 2014 1:46 pm | by Kirsty Wright, the Conversation | Comments

Returning the 298 victims from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 to their families with dignity and respect is a major priority for each nation involved. Disaster victim identification (DVI) is a difficult task, but will be made even more challenging in this instance given the delays in body recovery and the interference of the crash site that is said to span over a 10km area including within a combat zone.

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A D.C. Superior Court judge has decided that DNA evidence exonerates a man who spent 26 years in prison for the 1982 rape and murder of a Washington woman.

Man Exonerated, DNA Reveals FBI Error

July 22, 2014 1:00 pm | by Keith Alexander and Spencer Hsu, The Wahington Post | Comments

A D.C. Superior Court judge has decided that DNA evidence exonerates a man who spent 26 years in prison for the 1982 rape and murder of a Washington woman.                           

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Bowing to international pressure, pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane, four days after it plunged into rebel-held eastern Ukraine.

Rebels Release Train with Bodies from Downed Jet

July 22, 2014 12:48 pm | by Nicolas Garriga and Nicolae Dumitrache, Associated Press | Comments

Bowing to international pressure, pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane, four days after it plunged into rebel-held eastern Ukraine.       

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 "What exactly are they trying to hide?" President Barack Obama asked Monday as he demanded that Ukrainian rebels give investigators access to the wreckage of the downed jetliner. Aviation and defense experts say the victims' bodies could contain missile

Vital Evidence Feared Withheld by Ukraine's Rebels

July 22, 2014 10:24 am | by Danica Kirka and John-Thor Dahlburg, Associated Press | Comments

"What exactly are they trying to hide?" President Barack Obama asked Monday as he demanded that Ukrainian rebels give investigators access to the wreckage of the downed jetliner. Aviation and defense experts say the victims' bodies could contain missile shrapnel. Chemical residue on the plane could confirm the type of weapon that brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. 

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Human forensic evidence collected from crime scenes is frequently comingled with biomaterial of canine and feline origins. The ability to accurately detect and quantify target DNA in mixed-species samples is crucial when target templates may be overwhelme

DNA-based Multi-species Identification and Quantification Assay

July 22, 2014 9:24 am | by K’Lynn Solt and Sree Kanthaswamy, NIJ | Comments

Human forensic evidence collected from crime scenes is frequently comingled with biomaterial of canine and feline origins. The ability to accurately detect and quantify target DNA in mixed-species samples is crucial when target templates may be overwhelmed by non-target DNA.

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The Bone Detective

July 21, 2014 12:05 pm | by Kelley Freund, William & Mary Univ. | Comments

From serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer’s first victim, to the soldier in Vietnam’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, to victims of the Pentagon plane crash on 9/11, Robert Mann has examined more than 4,000 ancient and modern human skeletons during his career, searching for clues to their identity — which is ironic because he got his start in the field by searching for his own.

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