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When a DNA Test Says You’re a Younger Man, Who Lives 5,000 Miles Away

Three months after his bone marrow transplant, Chris Long of Reno, Nev., learned that the DNA in his blood had changed. It...

You Could Be Your Cat’s Favorite Meal

The picturesque campus of Colorado Mesa University (CMU) stands in stark contrast to the school's Forensic Investigation Research Station (FIRS), where a...

Claremont serial killings trial told Ciara Glennon fingernail DNA find proved a major ‘turning point’

The discovery under murdered lawyer Ciara Glennon's fingernails of male DNA matching samples taken from a teenage rape victim has been highlighted...

The 25 Best True-Crime Documentaries on Netflix

After the success of HBO’s The Jinx and Netflix’s Making a Murderer, true-crime documentaries became something of an industry on cable and...

Time of death written in your genes — and it could help forensic investigators

When our heart stops beating, our body tissues don't instantly up and die too. The genetic machinery inside some cells can keep whirring away...

Forensic DNA profiling might be about to take a big leap forward. Are we ready?

Picture the scene. A detective is addressing her team: “The DNA test results are in. We’re looking for a white male suspect, 34–37 years old,...

Linking a person’s appearance with criminality highlights the technical and ethical limits of face recognition

WHAT can your face say about you? Face recognition systems can pick up on things like age, gender and maybe even your mood. Now, two...

JonBenet Ramsey: What to Know About the Beauty Queen’s Murder 20 Years Later

Nearly 20 years after the shocking death of a 6-year-old beauty queen piqued the public’s interest and plunged her closest family members under a...

Gnawing squirrels are culprits at many crime scenes

Left to their own devices, squirrels will gnaw away not just on acorns, but also on bone. And that poses problems for forensics. “Squirrels seem...

Police asked this 3D printing lab to recreate a dead man’s fingers to unlock his phone

Last month, law enforcement officers showed up at the lab of Anil Jain, a professor at Michigan State University. Jain wasn’t in trouble; the...

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Trees and shrubs might reveal the location of decomposing bodies

Plants could help investigators find dead bodies. Botanists believe the sudden flush of nutrients into the soil from decomposition may affect nearby foliage. If...

Are Detectives discounting the associative value of fingerprints that fall short of an identification in their investigations?

Every day, Fingerprint Experts in every latent office across the globe examine fingermarks that they determine to fall short of an identification....

Using the NCIC Bayesian Network to improve your AFIS searches

This National Crime Information Centre (NCIC) Bayesian network is based on the statistical data of general patterns of fingerprints on the hands...

DNA decontamination of fingerprint brushes

Using fingerprint brushes across multiple crime scenes yields a high risk of DNA cross-contamination. Thankfully an Australian study has discovered a quick and easy way to safely decontaminate fingerprint brushes to prevent this contamination risk and allows the brushes to be safely reused even after multiple cleaning cycles.

Detection of latent fingerprint hidden beneath adhesive tape by optical coherence tomography

Adhesive tape is a common item which can be encountered in criminal cases involving rape, murder, kidnapping and explosives. It is often the case...
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