No one has hours to scour the papers to keep up with the latest news, so we’ve curated the top news stories in the field of Forensic Science for this week. Here’s what you need to know to get out the door!
New Research on Rape Kit Processing Sees Improvements (Forensic Magazine – 2/24/2017)
Biologists Propose to Sequence the DNA of All Life on Earth (Science – 2/24/2017)
Yesterday, at a meeting here organized by the Smithsonian Initiative on Biodiversity Genomics and the Shenzhen, China–based sequencing powerhouse BGI, a small group of researchers upped the ante even more, announcing their intent to, eventually, sequence “all life on Earth.”
Vanessa Marcotte Case: New DNA Technology Could Help Solve Jogger’s Slaying (CBS News – 2/24/2017)
Forensic Commission Backs Blood Work from Shuttered APD Lab (KVUE – 2/24/2017)
North Jersey Marine Missing in Vietnam Identified Through DNA (NJ.com – 2/25/2017)
Scientists Zero in on DNA in Hair Samples With Extraordinary Accuracy (CBS SF Bay Area – 2/26/2017)
Humans 2.0: These Geneticists Want to Create an Artificial Genome by Synthesising our DNA (Wired – 2/26/2017)
Supreme Court Weighs Law Banning Sex Offenders from Facebook (Forensic Magazine – 2/27/2017)
Who is ‘Baby Sarah’? Police Use DNA to Help Solve 42-Year-Old Cold Case (Fox News – 2/27/2017)
Forensic ‘Body Farm’ Opens in Florida – Becomes Seventh in US (Science – 2/28/2017)
Why Nobody Remembers the Forefather of Forensic Science (Smithsonian – 2/28/2017)
LCSO Detectives Hope New Info Leads to Cold Case Death ID (Albany Democrat-Herald – 2/28/2017)
Widow’s Words Help Unveil New Florida Forensic Institute (Forensic Magazine – 2/28/2017)
How Machine Learning is Changing Crime-Solving Tactics (Lab Manager – 2/28/2017)
Modern forensic DNA analyses are crucial to crime scene investigations; however the interpretation of the DNA profiles can be complex. Two researchers from the Forensics and National Security Sciences Institute (FNSSI) have turned to computer technology to assist complicated profile interpretation, specifically when it comes to samples containing DNA from multiple people.
Checking on the Status of Untested Rape Kits in Florida (Firstcoast News – 2/28/2017)
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement took a look at the backlog throughout the state of rape kits in Florida. Their report from last year says it will take between $9 and 32 million to test old kits. It will take 3 to 9 years for the testing to happen.
Rape Kit Backlog Still a Problem in the Coastal Empire (WALB10 – 2/28/2017)
GBI investigators in Savannah are taking us behind the scenes, showing the real reason thousands of rape kits in Georgia remain backlogged after lawmakers passed legislation requiring all kits be processed by the GBI.