Crime Scene Investigation & Forensic Science

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Can Pollen Help Solve Crimes?

Now who will push ahead on validating forensic science disciplines?

Science and the law are not natural partners. Science seeks to advance our understanding of the natural world. The law is tasked with ensuring public …

Research
Justice

Crime-Solving Isn't a Science (But It Could Be)

The latest victim of Trump administration cuts -- the National Commission on Forensic Science -- could have more accurately been called “The Commission to Help Forensics Become a Real Science.” That would better reflect the magnitude of the job handed to this 30-member panel of experts, tasked with …

Research

The War Over Forensic Science Started Well Before Jeff Sessions

Forensic science—the techniques law enforcement applies to cases, CSI-style—desperately needs an overhaul. Although investigators regularly use …

Science

Inside the Crime Lab: Forensic Chemisty Unit

Forensics: Germany considers wider use of DNA evidence in criminal cases

The country may lift its ban on the analysis of gene-coding regions in DNA samples.<p>Behind closed doors this week, the German federal justice ministry …

Genetics

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The Science Police

BBC Radio 4 - Radio 4 in Four, Why TV drama forensics can be dangerously wrong

The use of DNA evidence in criminal cases has sometimes been given far more weight than it deserves. In the worst examples there have been miscarriages of justice where DNA evidence has been misinterpreted. The fiction of DNA as a 'magic bullet' pervades TV drama and films - but views of DNA …

TV

Osmond Bell found guilty of 1981 killing of ex-partner

<b>A man whose DNA linked him to the killing of his ex-partner has been convicted over her death more than 35 years after the crime took place.</b><p>Nova Welsh was found dead in a cupboard at her home in Birmingham in 1981.<p>Advances in DNA science led to Osmond Bell's conviction. His DNA was found on chewing …

Crime

DNA – an unstoppable march?

A basic understanding of the potential strengths and weaknesses of DNA evidence is an essential skill for any criminal practitioner, and much effort …

Crime

Forensic Science: Trials With Errors

“We have increasing doubts about this evidence, but we don’t feel yet that we have the scientific knowledge and basis to exclude it altogether.”<p>Jed …

Science

Attitudes regarding the national forensic DNA database: Survey data from the general public, prison inmates and prosecutors' offices in the Republi... - PubMed

2017 Jan 21;28:44-51. doi: 10.1016/j.fsigen.2017.01.007. [Epub ahead of print]<p>Attitudes regarding the national forensic DNA database: Survey data …

Clinical Trials

Why Nobody Remembers the Forefather of Forensic Science

He used aliases and ruses. His notebooks are filled with careful forensic analyses of ransom notes and other pieces of evidence. While you probably …

Uncertainty perception drives public's trust, mistrust of science - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

Many policies — from medicine to terrorism — depend on how the general public accepts and understands scientific evidence. People view different …

Tips for Taking Forensic Photographic Evidence in the Emergency Department

Figure 1 (Left): Suboptimal quality photograph of an injury from a domestic violence assault.<p><b>The Case:</b> You are called to testify in court for a …

Forensic DNA Phenotyping: Predicting human appearance from crime scene material for investigative purposes.

2015 Sep;18:33-48. doi: 10.1016/j.fsigen.2015.02.003. Epub 2015 Feb 16.<p>1Department of Forensic Molecular Biology, Erasmus MC University Medical …

The case against DNA

Genetic profiling was once hailed as a magical tool to catch criminals. So why is it now in danger of being discredited?<p>Sitting in the dock of a brightly lit courtroom, David Butler cocks his head to one side as he listens to the prosecution’s case against him.<p>A former taxi driver from Wavertree, …

Making Sense of Forensic Genetics

We all enjoy a good crime drama and although we understand the difference between fiction and reality, the distinction can often be blurred by …

DNA

How forensic science can unlock the mysteries of human evolution

People are fascinated by the use of forensic science to solve crimes. Any science can be forensic when used in the criminal and civil justice system …

Prehistory