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Bacterial communities living on an individual's pubic hairs could be used as a microbial 'signature' to trace their involvement in sexual assault cases, according to a study published in the open access journal Investigative Genetics.

Microbial 'Signature' Left During Sex Crimes

December 16, 2014 | by BioMed Central | Comments

Bacterial communities living on an individual's pubic hairs could be used as a microbial "signature" to trace their involvement in sexual assault cases. Hairs are one of the most common types of trace evidence collected during forensic investigations, but the majority of those recovered from crime scenes lack their roots and contain insufficient amounts of human genetic material to carry out DNA profiling of suspects.

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New Regional Forensic Center Opens in Tennessee County

December 17, 2014 12:52 pm | by Gerald Witt, Knoxville News Sentinel | Comments

Knox County’s old forensic center was built for 200 autopsies a year, but performs 800. A new, larger autopsy facility unveiled Tuesday is expected to offer more space for storage and work.                 

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Registration is now open to attend a NIST symposium on one of the biggest   challenges facing the advancement of forensic science and biometric technology –   the development of large research datasets.

NIST Symposium on Biometric and Forensic Technology

December 17, 2014 12:45 pm | by NIST | Comments

Registration is now open to attend a NIST symposium on one of the biggest challenges facing the advancement of forensic science and biometric technology — the development of large research datasets.           

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Stimulants use such as cocaine and amphetamine is associated with a nearly two-fold greater likelihood of suicidal behavior among people who inject drugs, say researchers. Drug addiction had already been identified as a major risk factor for suicide, and

Cocaine, Amphetamine Users More Likely to Take Their Own Lives

December 16, 2014 3:03 pm | by University of Montréal | Comments

Stimulants use such as cocaine and amphetamine is associated with a nearly two-fold greater likelihood of suicidal behavior among people who inject drugs, say researchers. Drug addiction had already been identified as a major risk factor for suicide, and it is in fact the cause of 10 percent of deaths among drug users. 

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W Va State Police Crime Lab Meeting New, Stricter Standards

December 16, 2014 2:44 pm | by Erin Beck, West Virginia Gazette | Comments

The West Virginia State Police crime lab is complying with stricter standards to maintain its accreditation with an international crime lab accrediting board, officials announced at a press conference.             

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Austrian forensic experts will need at least two months to determine whether they can identify the victims of an apparent massacre of 43 Mexicans, they said on Tuesday, but said the chances were slim because of damaged samples.

Austrian Experts Need Months to Identify Murdered Mexican Students

December 16, 2014 2:33 pm | by Reuters | Comments

Austrian forensic experts will need at least two months to determine whether they can identify the victims of an apparent massacre of 43 Mexicans, they said on Tuesday, but said the chances were slim because of damaged samples.       

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If Emily Beilby Kaye has a legacy, it is this: Rubber gloves. Thanks to her, investigators started wearing them regularly while handling evidence at crime scenes.

The Murder that Inspired a Forensic Innovation

December 15, 2014 3:41 pm | by Mara Bovsun, Daily News | Comments

If Emily Beilby Kaye has a legacy, it is this: Rubber gloves. Thanks to her, investigators started wearing them regularly while handling evidence at crime scenes.                         

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Police say a suspect was caught by a whisker when DNA from his beard hair led to his arrest.

Beard DNA Leads to Burglary Arrest

December 15, 2014 3:26 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Police say a suspect was caught by a whisker when DNA from his beard hair led to his arrest.                                             

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South Dakota's state crime lab has dramatically trimmed turnaround times for DNA and other forensic testing.

SD Crime Lab Speeds Turnaround Times for DNA

December 15, 2014 3:15 pm | by John Hult, Argus Leader | Comments

South Dakota's state crime lab has dramatically trimmed turnaround times for DNA and other forensic testing.                                         

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Grim Sleeper Defense Says DNA Points to Another Suspect

December 15, 2014 2:57 pm | by Marisa Gerber, Los Angeles Times | Comments

Since Los Angeles police first announced that they had made an arrest in the hunt for the so-called Grim Sleeper serial killer, the case involving the slayings of more than 10 women has centered around DNA. But now Lonnie Franklin's attorneys allege that genetic material from another man was found on items collected at the crime scenes of three of the victims linked to their client.

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DOJ Says No Rape Evidence Testing without Consent

December 15, 2014 2:50 pm | by Todd Richmond, Associated Press | Comments

The state Department of Justice is recommending police don't submit evidence from sexual assault exams to the state crime lab unless victims have consented to cooperate with investigators.                 

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 Gruesome scenes greeted many of Maine’s top homicide investigators in downtown Gardiner, Maine, recently as part of a drill for the Maine State Police Evidence Response Team, which examines and processes evidence at the state’s major crime scenes, includ

Drill Helps Maine Homicide Police Prepare for Murder Scenes

December 12, 2014 3:38 pm | by Michael Shepard, centralmaine.com | Comments

Gruesome scenes greeted many of Maine’s top homicide investigators in downtown Gardiner, Maine, recently as part of a drill for the Maine State Police Evidence Response Team, which examines and processes evidence at the state’s major crime scenes, including most homicides, to identify suspects and determine the sequences of criminal events.

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San Francisco Police Clear 10-year Rape Kit Backlog

December 12, 2014 3:09 pm | by Jonah Owen Lamb, The Examiner | Comments

A decadelong backlog of rape kits — used to test for sexual assault forensic evidence, including DNA — at the San Francisco Police Department is no more, according to the department.                   

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For more than a century, fingerprints have been crucial to the investigation of crime and are still responsible for more identifications than DNA evidence.  Now, a researcher is responsible for breakthroughs that will make fingerprinting a more valuable f

Forensic Fingerprint Technique Reveals Forgers and Counterfeiters

December 12, 2014 2:47 pm | by University of Huddersfield | Comments

For more than a century, fingerprints have been crucial to the investigation of crime and are still responsible for more identifications than DNA evidence.  Now, a researcher is responsible for breakthroughs that will make fingerprinting a more valuable forensic tool than ever. 

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Dispute over What Killed Palestinian Official

December 11, 2014 3:38 pm | by Karin Laub, Associated Press | Comments

Israeli and Palestinian pathologists disagree on whether a blow to the body or a bad heart was the main cause of death of a Palestinian Cabinet minister who collapsed shortly after scuffling with Israeli troops during a West Bank protest.   

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A District Court Judge is considering whether DNA gathered at the crime scene of a 1972 rape and murder is admissible as evidence in the case against the Albany County man accused of the crime.

Judge Weighs Cold Case DNA Evidence

December 11, 2014 3:32 pm | by Chilton Tippin, Laramie Boomerang | Comments

A District Court Judge is considering whether DNA gathered at the crime scene of a 1972 rape and murder is admissible as evidence in the case against the Albany County man accused of the crime.               

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