This Week in Forensic Science

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 Week in Forensic Science


Meet the Molecular Man (RED – 8/20/2018)

  • Phillip Danielson, Ph.D., has spent decades pioneering advances in forensic science to help solve crimes – just don’t mention a certain TV series.


DNA Analysis of 6,500-Year-Old Human Remains in Israel Points to Origin of Ancient Culture (EurekAlert! – 8/20/2018)

  • Skeletons buried in Israel’s Upper Galilee reveal migration from ancient Turkey and Iran, Tel Aviv University researchers say


A Baby Was Abandoned in a Phone Booth 64 Years Ago. Now, DNA has Helped Explain Why. (The Washington Post – 8/20/2018)

  • Steve Dennis’s birth certificate didn’t say where he was born or when, or to whom. It just said he was found in a telephone booth.


Mum’s a Neanderthal, Dad’s a Denisovan: First Discovery of an Ancient-Human Hybrid (Nature – 8/22/2018)

  • Genetic analysis uncovers a direct descendant of two different groups of early humans.



We’re Learning More About the Contents of That Mysterious Egyptian Sarcophagus (GIZMODO – 8/21/2018)

  • Back in July, Egyptian archaeologists dared to open a strange granite sarcophagus, finding three skeletons soaking in an unsightly reddish-brown liquid. Scientists have now completed a preliminary analysis of the coffin’s contents, offering new insights into the tomb’s 2,000-year-old occupants.



Could Hackers Steal Your DNA and Sell It? (Fox News – 8/21/2018)

  • Is your DNA safe from hackers?

    That’s a question experts have started asking as more and more people submit DNA samples to companies like 23andMe and


13 Murders, 26 Counts: California Prosecutors Consolidate Golden State Killer Charges (Forensic Magazine – 8/21/2018)

  • Today, prosecutors from multiple counties appeared to draw a circle around that mayhem with a new amended criminal complaint: 13 murders, and 26 total felony charges, that occurred from 1975 to 1986.



Fayatteville Police Make Arrest in Ramsey Street Rapist Case Using Same DNA Testing that Caught Golden State Killer (ABC 11 – 8/22/2018)

  • Police said they were able to identify Bowden through Parabon Nanolabs’ Snapshot Genetic Genealogy testing. This is the same type of testing used to identify the Golden State Killer.