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Burglary Microbiome Project Looks for Incriminating Bacteria in Mock Crimes

NewsThe Burglary Microbiome Project, an ongoing study using mock crime scenes and scientific sampling of homes, residents and intruders, is underway …

AAAS: ‘Decades of Overstatement of Latent Print Examiners’ Now Mean No Fingerprint ‘Matches’

“Decades of overstatement of latent print examiners” has led to unrealistically high expectations of judges and juries when it comes to the forensic …

National Academy of Sciences

Michigan man convicted on single hair freed after 41 years

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit man who spent four decades in prison was freed on Thursday after prosecutors agreed that his 1976 murder conviction hinged …

University of Michigan

Murder Case Highlights Importance Of Conviction Review

On Thursday, Hartford Judge Julia D. Dewey vacated the conviction of Alfred Swinton for the murder of Carla Terry in 1991 and ordered a new trial. …

The Coldest Case: Using DNA to Identify Century-Old Remains

In a dusty, seemingly empty field 60 miles east of L.A., Dr. Alexis Gray, a forensic anthropologist from the San Bernardino County Sheriff …

Determining Species Origin in Biological Materials

The primary research objective was to develop a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) panel to identify animal species from forensic samples of …

A Quarter Century Of Righting Wrongful Convictions

Support the news<p>Twenty-five years ago today, an Illinois court overturned Gary Dotson’s conviction for rape and aggravated kidnapping after DNA tests …

Editorial: Act to hasten rape-kit testing worthy of renewal

Discussion on the campaign trail this week included an important topic, one that really shouldn't be a political debate at this point because …

DNA-based Multi-species Identification and Quantification Assay

Human forensic evidence collected from crime scenes is frequently comingled with biomaterial of canine and feline origins. The ability to accurately …

Man Exonerated, DNA Reveals FBI Error

A D.C. Superior Court judge has decided that DNA evidence exonerates a man who spent 26 years in prison for the 1982 rape and murder of a Washington …

Familial DNA Leads to Charges in Serial Sex Assaults

A Milwaukee man suspected in a series of increasingly violent random sexual assaults over the past decade was charged after the State Crime …

DNA backlog persists at NC crime lab, stalls cases

District Attorney Ron Moore said sometimes it takes a couple of years for DNA results to be returned, which delays dozens and dozens of cases from …

New state DNA law could help wrongly convicted

DNA collections from individuals arrested for violent crime could help solve crime and it could exonerate those wrongly convicted.<p>DNA collections …

$20M lab contract goes to campaign donor

Nassau officials have awarded a $20.7 million contract to build a new county crime lab to a Syosset company -- turning a corner on the debacle that …

Corruption

Crime lab delays spur change of plans

Delays in processing evidence of weeks to years at the state police crime lab have led Evanston officials to plan to spend money to have evidence …

I-Team: Backlog of evidence analysis at State Crime Lab stalls justice

The I-Team went behind the locked doors of the State Crime Lab, exposing how the wheels of justice are stalled in thousands of criminal cases because …

Harnessing DNA to improve environmental management

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Science

King: Closing city's crime lab would do wonders for all

I am done with the city of Houston's never-ending crime lab ineptitude. I do not know why the city cannot manage a crime lab, but it has more than …

Iowa to Expand DNA Collection from Criminals

Iowa law enforcement officers are about to get what Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek calls a “valuable and important tool” that will help close …

NIST Outlines Cloud Challenges Facing Forensics Professionals

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released a report that outlines the cloud computing challenges for digital forensics as …

Supreme Court Cites NIST Mobile Forensics Guide in Ruling on Cell Phone Searches

As digital technology transforms 21st century life, questions about privacy rights abound. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on one such question in late …

Despite backlog, crime lab unlikely to get funding boost

— Major backlogs in the State Crime Lab keep growing because of a shortage of DNA analysts and scientists who test blood in drunken driving cases, …

Criminology

Extinct Humans Passed High-Altitude Gene to Tibetans

Tibetan people can survive on the roof of the world—one of the most inhospitable places that anybody calls home—thanks to a version of a gene that they inherited from a group of extinct humans called Denisovans, who were only discovered four years ago thanks to 41,000-year-old DNA recovered from a …

Scientists Analyze DNA From Bigfoot Samples

Researchers conducted a genetic analysis of 30 hair samples said to have come from so-called anomalous primates. And I’m very sorry to report: None …

University of Oxford

Contamination Control

In a recent article I discussed ways Crime Scene Officers can prevent crime scene contamination. As I noted, protecting the scene and evidence is …