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Breaking Good
By Jenny Button
In recent years we have seen the drug market flooded with new psychoactive substances, often misleadingly termed “legal highs.” The emergence of new compounds is growing year on year, leaving many working in this area floundering under the ingenuity of the market, and the speed at which it reacts.

The Dirty World of Body Farm Microbes
By Dr. Gulnaz Javan
Dirt is full of life, microbial life. Although dirt seems to be an inert, lifeless material, one gram of soil may contain up to eight billion living bacterial cells. Grave soil found next to dead and decomposing human bodies is teeming with many microbial secrets that have yet to be uncovered. 

What are the difficulties in detecting bath salts, their effects and how do we test for them?
By Dr. Joanne Darragh 
With bath salts being a new product with no exact chemical composition, toxicology companies have struggled to produce a detection technique. As many bath salts are made up of a large drug concoction, with current tests only detecting an individual drug and not a variety of drugs, this also decreases the possibility of detection. 

When More Expensive Costs Less
By Jared Bradley 
Recently I was training a group of investigators at a large law enforcement agency on wet-vacuum forensic DNA collection. Over the course of our conversation, I learned there were a couple of people who were not overly enthusiastic about introducing a new collection method to the cases. This hesitancy from some didn’t surprise me, but it did get me thinking about how to address it.


Fingerprinting in Adverse Conditions
By Dick Warrington

Biohazard Control
By Vince McLeod, CIH

Equipment Changes Drive Changes in Facility Design
By Cy Henningsen 

Streamlining the Digital Forensic Workflow: Part 2
By John J. Barbara