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!
This month, the Estonian government kicks off a program that aims to collect the DNA of 100,000 of its 1.3 million residents. In return, it will offer them lifestyle and health advice based on their genetics. Estonia will be the first nation to offer state-sponsored DNA interpretations to its citizens.
Now, Alexenko is fighting so that other survivors can have the chance to get closure regarding their cases. In 2011, she founded Natasha’s Justice Project, a nonprofit. The goal: to get rid of rape-kit backlogs in every state and implement a method to process all new kits within 30 days.
As director of Boston University’s biomedical forensic sciences program, she teaches her students to be unequivocally ethical, and exacting when it comes to protocol. “Forensic means the application of science to the law. Your science has to be good, and your ability to testify has to be good. If only one of these works, that’s a breakdown of the system,” says Cotton, who has been working in the field for more than three decades.