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DECEMBER 2013/JANUARY 2014 DIGITAL EDITIONDECEMBER 2013/JANUARY 2014 DIGITAL EDITION

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Digging Deep: Next Generation Sequencing for Mitochondrial DNA Forensics
By Terry Melton 
Due to the unforeseen popularity of mitochondrial DNA analysis, in 2013 forensic science is bumping up against the few remaining technical challenges in mtDNA analysis and ready to embrace some new tools for dealing with those challenges. Next Generation Sequencing is one of those new tools, poised to become a big player in forensic testing and equal to the challenges experienced by mtDNA practitioners.

Crime Scene Diagramming: Back to Basics
By Kent E. Boots
It is quite common in crime scene reconstruction for some type of analysis, e.g., trajectory, blood spatter, etc., to be based on measurements taken at a crime scene. The foundation for the analysis is based on the assumption that adequate and proper scene measurements were obtained. If the methodology is called into question during a legal proceeding, then the resulting analysis could be challenged as well.  

Finding the Missing Link
By Douglas Page 
Crime linkage systems can play a significant role in the apprehension of human trafficking gangs when scant traditional evidence exists. Computerized crime linkage systems are meant to assist police in determining whether crimes have been committed by the same offender.  

Book Excerpt: Bosnia’s Million Bones
By Christian Jennings

The ICMP was now committed to the task of sifting through the pieces of the world's largest forensic puzzle. Thousands of bodies had been exhumed from mass graves in Bosnia and families and relatives of the missing had formed themselves into associations to collect blood samples.

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The Importance of Being Transparent
By Chris Asplen
We are putting DNA and its capabilities directly in the hands of police more and more every day. As we expand the use of local databases and as police request more consensual investigative samples from suspects and move toward the implementation of Rapid DNA testing of reference samples in booking station settings, law enforcement will need to be more open and transparent about how they are using the technology and for what purpose. 

 

Communication is Key: Part 1
By Vince McLeod, CIH
Revising OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard will improve the quality, consistency, and clarity of hazard information that workers receive, making it safer for workers to do their jobs and easier for employers to stay competitive in the global marketplace. The changes were made to incorporate the best from the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals.

Solid State Drives: Part 4
By John J. Barbara
The way in which an SSD stores data is totally different from how data is stored on a traditional hard drive. To fully comprehend how an SSD functions and provide insight into their forensic examination, it is necessary to understand SSD terminology.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Leads with E-Discovery: Part 1
By Ken Mohr and Larry Depew
Ken Mohr heard about the project Larry Depew and his company was doing with Walmart and wanted to learn more about the trend for convergence of E-Discovery and digital forensic services. This two part article shares what was learned within the quiet, but exploding world of digital forensics.

Preventing Crime Scene Contamination
By Dick Warrington
Crime Scene Officers investigating a scene have a crucial responsibility: to find and preserve evidence. In the past, we simply pulled on a pair of gloves and maybe a mask to filter out odors, and got to work. Nowadays, we know that’s not enough to protect scenes from unintentional contamination of evidence. You can prevent most contamination by planning ahead and developing standard methods for working a scene.

 

 

 
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