Michelle Taylor
Editor-in-Chief

Michelle Taylor is the Editor-in-Chief of Laboratory Equipment and Forensic Magazine, with both brands a part of Advantage Business Media's (ABM) Science Group. 

Michelle has held a variety of roles within Laboratory Equipment in her six years with ABM, most recently being promoted to Editor-in-Chief in 2014. 

She is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the brand, as well as overseeing the content and production of all print issues. She writes in-depth feature articles, industry news, blogs and reports. Some of her most-written about topics include: sexual assault kits, crime lab tools and cannabis. 

Michelle earned her B.A. in Journalism from Elon University in Elon, N.C.

According to preliminary estimates, more than 59,000 people under the age of 50 died last year due to some involvement with drugs. It could be heroin, cocaine...
10.11.2017
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Industry and academia have teamed up to create the U.K.’s first animal forensic lab, and one of Britain’s most disturbing cases will be their first.
9.29.2017
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Facial recognition and identification is hard enough. Throw in suspects donning sunglasses, hats, scarves, wigs, glasses, etc., and it becomes a completely...
9.11.2017
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Police found two suicide notes saved on a floppy disk among the possessions of a deceased, previously healthy, 28-year-old man. With some pieces of the puzzle...
8.24.2017
12:13pm
A team of forensic linguistics experts lead by the University of Manchester’s Dr. Andrea Nini believe they have solved a longstanding mystery about a letter...
8.18.2017
8:00am
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Ohio officials have released a forensic facial reconstruction of a man whose skull was found 18 months ago outside an abandoned house in Akron.
7.19.2017
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The search for four young men who went missing last week, igniting a massive operation that involved the FBI and U.S. Marshals, has taken a turn for the worse...
7.13.2017
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Every day, about 90 Americans die from opioid overdoses. Neither science nor politics can keep up. But, a team of Stanford neuroscientists say that wouldn’t be...
7.10.2017
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Forensic drug analysts have confirmed the emergence of yet another highly potent synthetic opioid on the drug market—this time it’s carfentanil, an elephant...
6.28.2017
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A new paper out of the University of Minnesota argues neuroscientific evidence is the AFIS of today—with empirical studies on the subject rising and an overall...
6.22.2017
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Forensic scientists can sometimes feel like they are fighting a losing battle when it comes to drugs. The opioid crisis continues to grow, and drug...
6.13.2017
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A Nobel Prize-winning Chinese medicine for the treatment of malaria can significantly enhance the standard chemiluminescence process forensic investigators use...
6.5.2017
10:24am
For as long as an eyewitness’s ability to identify a suspect has been a cornerstone of the criminal justice system, so too have questions about humans’ facial...
5.31.2017
11:47am
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Baltimore has experienced its highest murder rate in history through the first four months of 2017—but authorities there are now receiving federal help in the...
5.3.2017
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Illegal marijuana use has risen faster in states that have approved medical marijuana than in states that have not, according to a study published Wednesday....
4.27.2017
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As far as witnesses go, the 21st century is producing some interesting ones. First, recordings from an Amazon Echo were used in an Arkansas murder case, and...
4.26.2017
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In one convoluted night, Arkansas successfully carried out the first double execution in the United States in 16 years, and the state’s first lethal injection...
4.25.2017
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Yesterday, the FDA under the Trump administration formally blocked the shipment of thousands of vials of sodium thiopental, an anesthetic now banned in the U.S...
4.21.2017
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When 22-year-old Rutgers University student Darsh Patel was mauled to death by a bear while hiking, Nicole Chinnici was the one to perform the necropsy on the...
4.11.2017
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Last week, representatives from several government agencies, along with members of industry and society, appeared on a panel before the U.S. House Oversight...
3.27.2017
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A pilot program called E-Responder, which de-escalates youths’ virtual vendettas before they turn into real-life violence, will now expand to an additional 18...
3.21.2017
12:16pm
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Just like art, facial recognition technology is often misunderstood. It’s not an all-knowing big brother that keeps track of your weekly—or daily—trips to the...
3.13.2017
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The U.S.’s new top law enforcement officer gave his first official remarks Monday since taking the helm during Donald Trump’s presidency. Jeff Sessions pledged...
3.1.2017
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While the answer to the question “Why can’t we all just get along?” may seem complicated, the Honorable Donald Shelton appeared to sum it up in one simple...
2.19.2017
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The 2017 AAFS annual meeting, held in New Orleans, is set to wrap up tomorrow after a weeklong examination of the application of science to the law. The...
2.17.2017
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After 19-year-old Cody Herrera pleaded guilty to the rape of a 14-year-old girl he met online, the Idaho sentencing judge added an unusual restriction—he must...
2.9.2017
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Measuring THC in breath requires a scientific method more than a million times more sensitive than those used to measure alcohol. And since a lab’s LCMS can’t...
2.7.2017
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According to four leading experts, the U.S. is handling terrorism all wrong. These four individuals, from different fields, propose a method that is driven by...
2.2.2017
11:23am
Alabama will continue to be the only state in the U.S. that allows a judge to override a jury recommendation of life in prison in favor of the death penalty,...
1.24.2017
9:24am
The popular sports phrase “leave it all on the field” does not seem to correlate for some NFL players, especially in terms of misbehavior. New research has...
1.11.2017
10:42am
Texas filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the FDA after the agency impounded a shipment of a lethal injection drug in July 2015, and has failed to make a move...
1.5.2017
11:36am
In the next chapter of Florida’s ongoing death penalty narrative, a pair of decisions handed down by the state’s Supreme Court on December 22 entitle about 200...
12.27.2016
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It’s pretty easy to single out a driver that is driving under the influence of alcohol. But how do you spot a driver who is driving “high,” or under the...
12.21.2016
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The ancestors of Bryan Patrick Miller may have—accidentally—turned him over to the police for murder.
12.13.2016
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Alabama has put Ronald Bert Smith Jr. to death after the U.S. Supreme Court temporality halted lethal injection twice in a two-hour period the day of execution...
12.12.2016
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Sexual assault and rape is increasingly prevalent on today’s college campuses. A new bill seeks to buck that trend by potentially stopping perpetrators before...
12.12.2016
11:53am
A November 23 ruling by the Florida Supreme Court could mean the re-sentencing of close to 300 prisoners currently on death row in the state, as well as its...
12.1.2016
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Four years and $10 million later, the Manhattan District Attorney’s office has a new in-house cybercrime lab—the first of its kind within a local prosecutor’s...
11.17.2016
11:28am
A handful of states are experimenting with a monthly injection that could help addicted inmates stay clean after they are released from prison. Proponents of...
11.15.2016
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