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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...

Inside the Australia body farm: Where scientists and detectives go to learn about death

The barbed wire gate creaks open, beckoning us into a most unusual paddock. A few steps forward and we all stand still, staring. The first...

Human remains decompose in B.C. waters in less than four days

Human remains lost in deep waters off the B.C. coast decompose at a much faster rate than previously thought, suggests a new Simon Fraser...

New forensics technique calculates exact time of death

Determining the time of death isn't an exact science, and it becomes less and less exact as time passes. But a new method, developed...

What Happens To Our Bodies After We Die?

Our focus tends to be on dying, death and the afterlife - but how many of us know what actually happens to our physical vessel when...

Watch How Maggots Help Solve Crimes

Forensic entomologists study how bugs colonize dead bodies to help establish a time of death. Maggots, which are actually the larvae of flies, have helped...

Forensic Entomologists Hunt Down Insects to Help Catch Criminals

Following the trail of insects can lead forensic entomologists to clues about a crime scene. Anne Perez, a forensic entomologist at Saint Joseph’s College,...

Video: Measuring PMI with Maggots

The Smithsonian Channel series: Catching Killers have created an informative case study video to show how in 1935, when decomposing body parts were found under a bridge, maggots...

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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...

Presenting Fingerprint Comparisons in Court using Forensic Comparison Software

This video gives the fingerprint technician some ideas on how to present a Fingerprint Comparison result to the court that looks professional. To accomplish this...

New modified fingerprint chemical that fluoresces touch DNA on clothing

In sexual assault and burglary investigations, the recovery of DNA from items that have been handled by the suspect is very important....
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