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An improved process for the collection and DNA analysis of fired cartridge cases

Improvements to the DNA analysis of fired cartridge cases have been made in recent years, yet successful analysis of this important evidence type remains...

Touch DNA: The effect of the deposition pressure on the quality of latent fingermarks and STR profiles

Latent fingerprints present unique, and sometimes the only, evidence found at a crime scene. Several factors affect their quality, including deposition pressure....

Forensic genealogy group helps Cumberland County investigators crack 21-year-old cold case

A popular genealogy website helped crack a cold case murder of a baby from 21 years ago. "Baby Michael" was...

FBI Validates STRmix™ for Use on Up to Five-Person Mixtures

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has published its validation of STRmix™ for use on mixtures of up to five persons, as well as...

Forensic breakthrough? Study suggests humans can be identified by the proteins in their hair

It’s hair-raising news for criminals on the run. Scientists behind a new study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, have worked out how to identify...

DNA testing by University of Canberra forensics lab to make molecular sketches of crime suspects

A Canberra forensic laboratory will be the first in Australia to test the ancestry of crime scene DNA, opening up a world of potentially...

New blood marker could help identify age of criminal from blood stains at the crime scene

Ongoing forensic research led by University at Albany Assistant Chemistry Professor Jan Halámek and his team has revealed a simple way to estimate the...

Kuwait has become the first country to make DNA testing mandatory for all residents

In a controversial move, Kuwait has passed a law making it mandatory for all its 1.3 million citizens and 2.9 million foreign residents to...

Blood and teeth samples predict a criminal’s age

Forensic biomedical scientists from KU Leuven have developed a test to predict individuals’ age on the basis of blood or teeth samples. This test...

This DNA sequencer fits in the palm of your hand

A team of British and Canadian researchers has managed to successfully sequence the full genome of a living organism using a machine the size...

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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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