Forensic scientists from around the world flocked to Seattle in mid-February for a professional association meeting that was as intriguing as a Sherlock Holmes mystery and as riveting as an episode of CSI — the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS).
Sibyl Bucheli and Aaron Lynne envision a time when crime-scene investigators look to bacteria to...
Mixtures of two or more people are the bane of forensic DNA laboratories. Hundreds of thousands...
Recently, a survey was conducted by a veteran Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner showing that 94 percent of reported adult sexual assaults in Salt Lake County were not prosecuted.
Anthony Graves survived 18 years in prison for murders he did not commit, a dozen of those years on death row, where he was twice scheduled for execution.
This report examines arrestee DNA laws, their implementation, and their effects on agency operations and public safety.
A former Massachusetts state crime-lab chemist who admitted to faking drug test results was the sole "bad actor" at the facility, but lax management allowed her to carry on for nine years, an official review concluded.
A national organization that assists convicted prisoners in efforts to prove their innocence based on DNA testing has entered post-conviction proceedings in a Tulsa County murder case in which a teenage mother was convicted of murdering her infant son almost 20 years ago.
A crime scene reconstruction expert testified that Anita “Jeanie” Kustok was most likely shot by someone standing over her, and that someone was wearing a T-shirt identified as the one her husband, Allan Kustok, was wearing when he arrived at a hospital with her body in 2010.
Word recently that a Northern California couple found $10 million in gold coins while walking their dog has set off a Gold Rush of theories over who left behind all that loot.
Mary Sullivan was one of 11 women whom Albert DeSalvo — known as the Boston Strangler — would later confess to killing. However, he then recanted, leaving lingering doubts about the possibility that the real assailant had eluded capture. Evidence that finally linked DeSalvo to the Sullivan assault emerged in July 2013.
A research team has helped determine the science behind how canines locate explosives such as Composition C-4, a plastic explosive used by the U.S. military.
Among a backlog of about 16,000 untested rape kits that has raised concerns about the Texas's ability to prosecute offenders are 30-40 cases at the Jefferson County Regional Crime Lab.
A violent sex attacker was caught when police used ground-breaking anti-terrorism powers to covertly recover DNA from a coffee cup he had used at the end of a four-day surveillance operation.
Customer testing of the Defense Department’s Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) will decide the future development of what has become a crucial element of the military’s global identity management and battlefield support systems.
Automating the Differential Digestion Method in the Analysis of Sexual Assault Cases Using Selective DegradationMarch 3, 2014 4:44 pm | by Helena Wong, Jennifer Mihalovich and George Sensabaugh, NIJ | Comments
Separating sperm from nonsperm cells in sexual assault evidence samples requires a method known as differential digestion. Applying a degradative agent to selectively remove nonsperm DNA from mixed samples would allow the differential digestion process to become automated, saving time and labor.
Rigoberto “Robert” Avila, a 40-year-old death row inmate in Texas, was supposed to be executed by lethal injection on January 15, 2014. He owes the past six weeks of his life to a groundbreaking new Texas law, the only one of its kind in the nation, which recognizes that science can get it wrong.
The Allegheny County crime lab in Pennsyvania wants to create its own local DNA database to speed the analysis process, save money and increase the integrity of convictions.