Crime Scene Investigation & Forensic Science

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Salvador Dalí's remains due to be exhumed to settle paternity case

Stone slab above his grave in Figueres will be removed on Thursday evening to allow experts to take DNA samples<p>The remains of Salvador Dalí are due to be exhumed on Thursday evening, almost three decades after his death, to help settle a long-running paternity claim from a 61-year-old …

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‘Baby Driver’ – a film about getaway driving with forensic science in the engine…

[serious spoilers ahead, natch]<p>Baby Driver is a fast, funny and relentlessly entertaining film by Edgar Wright about a young getaway driver who just …

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Can "contamination" occur in body bags?-The example of background fibres in body bags used in Australia.

2016 Sep;266:517-26. doi: 10.1016/j.forsciint.2016.07.012. Epub 2016 Jul 18.<p>1University of Technology Sydney, Centre for Forensic Science, Broadway …

Basics of Blood Pattern Evidence

What occurred?<p>Where did the events occur?<p>Approximately when and in what sequence?<p>Who was there? Where were they in relation to each other?<p>What did …

Do You Have What It Takes to be a Forensic Fingerprint Examiner?

Being a forensic examiner seems glamorous on TV. But working in a crime lab requires long hours of intense focus that are anything but action-packed. …

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 …

Jeff Sessions wants to keep forensics in the Dark Ages

When Jeff Sessions was a senator on the Senate Judiciary Committee, he was part of hearings to address the National Academy of Sciences report on the use of forensics in America’s courtrooms. The NAS report had been commissioned by Congress after DNA testing had revealed not only that hundreds of …

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

Why did Jeff Sessions pull the plug on an initiative to make criminal forensics more scientific?<p>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 …

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …