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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...

First evaluation of new fingerprinting methods for ivory

Scientists from King's College London and University College London have collaborated with imaging and fingerprint experts from the Metropolitan Police to validate the use...

Kenya opens anti-poaching forensic laboratory

The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has opened a forensic laboratory to boost the fight against poaching. The information gathered should help in prosecuting suspected poachers...

CSI in the wild: Forensic specialists join fight to protect our wildlife

FORENSIC techniques usually deployed in major murder investigations are the latest weapon in the fight against wildlife crime. Police specialist Chris Gannicliffe has more than...

Forensic DNA tests show majority of Thai ivory on sale comes from African elephants

Ivory traffickers be warned: the Thai authorities have a powerful forensic tool in the country’s drive to detect ivory of illegal origin entering its...

Fingerprints ‘breakthrough’ for wildlife crime investigators

Scientists say they have made a forensic breakthrough in the fight against wildlife crime. A team from Dundee has been able to recover fingerprints from...

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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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