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!
In October 2017, authorities in the Netherlands launched a massive DNA investigation ahead of the 20th anniversary of Verstappen’s death, seeking DNA samples from more than 20,000 men, including Brech, that they would compare to DNA left behind at the crime scene.
The Minnesota BCA, in unsolved cold cases, is using a relatively new DNA technology to help them track down elusive criminals in the state’s felony DNA database.
BCA Superintendent, Drew Evans, told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the so-called “Familial DNA” technology has only been used in four cases so far in Minnesota because it is used as a last resort in unsolved cases.
Osborne has just returned from 18 months doing post-doctoral research at the University of California, investigating how human fallibility can bias forensic results. All that stuff on CSI about forensics incontrovertibly fingering the killer – reality isn’t quite as clean-cut.
Seventeen years later, what started out as an ad hoc team of four scientists dodging falling debris has become “the largest forensic investigation in the history of the United States” — involving a dedicated team of 10 people working tirelessly to identify victims’ remains using DNA, according to Desire, now the assistant director for forensic biology at OCME.
Nestle SA, the world’s largest food company, has joined the trend for personalized nutrition with a blend of artificial intelligence, DNA testing and the modern obsession with Instagramming food. The program, begun in aging Japan, could provide the Swiss company with a wealth of data about customers’ wellness and diet as it pivots toward consumers who are seeking to improve their health and longevity.
Crime against wildlife is a multibillion-dollar global enterprise that experts say is only increasing as poaching and trafficking networks grow more sophisticated and move into dark corners of the Internet. When authorities interrupt that enterprise, this lab is often a critical stop in their investigations. Its scientists run DNA tests, examine bullets, identify poisons and compare remains to some 35,000 specimens in the lab’s reference collection — a ghoulish panoply of pelts, bones, feathers and claws.
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