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!
The Unclaimed Dead (The Intercept – 7/1/2017)
The Race to Revive Woolly Mammoths Using Ancient DNA (CBS News – 7/1/2017)
Led by Dr. George Church – “the Einstein of our times,” according to author Ben Mezrich – a lab at Harvard Medical School is working on bringing back the woolly mammoth through genetic engineering.
The Justice Department is Squandering Progress in Forensic Science (The Washington Post – 7/2/2017)
Is it a Rhino? New DNA Test Identifies Horns Quicker to Catch Poachers (PhysOrg – 7/3/2017)
DNA Used to Identify Immigrant Remains in Mexican Border (Concord Monitor – 7/5/2017)
In Neanderthal DNA, Signs of a Mysterious Human Migration (The New York Times – 7/4/2017)
New Forensics Procedures at Contra Costa County Crime Lab Speed Results (East Bay Times – 7/5/2017)
Instant Insect Identification to Aid Forensic Entomology Investigations (Locard’s Lab – 7/6/2017)
First Big Efforts to Sequence Ancient DNA Reveal How Early Humans Swept Across the Continent (Science – 7/6/2017)
- The study of ancient human DNA has not been an equal opportunity endeavor. Early Europeans and Asians have had portions of their genomes sequenced by the hundreds over the past decade, rewriting Eurasian history in the process. But because genetic material decays rapidly in warm, moist climates, scientists had sequenced the DNA of just one ancient African. Until now.
Utah Sen. Hatch Advocates for Rapid DNA Testing at Crime Lab (KUER – 7/6/2017)
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