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 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) developed the expeditious testing of DNA samples known as Rapid DNA analysis. Congress passed the Rapid DNA Act in 2017 with the hope of reducing the nationwide backlog of DNA cases.
The purpose of the fully automated processing of a buccal (oral swab) DNA sample is to obtain results in fewer than two hours. The legislation broadens the ability of law enforcement to use rapid DNA sequencing technology and upload resulting data into a federal database.
Earlier this month, the Alaska Department of Public Safety announced that it solved its third cold case in a year and a half by using a relatively new investigative tactic, genetic genealogy. Jessica Baggen was sexually assaulted and murdered more than two decades ago in Sitka. Her death left her family and community grieving and overwhelmed. It also haunted the investigators that spent years trying to figure out what they had missed and what else could be done to bring justice and solace to the Baggen family.
A few years ago, I made the switch from over the counter lotions to whipped and raw shea butter—best decision ever! Being a scientist has made me more aware of what I eat and the products I use on my body. Am I the only scientist that spends more time in the grocery store reading the labels? I’ve noticed a surge of forensic scientists on “the gram” and came across a profile for Xanthines All Natural Products, a company owned and created by award-winning forensic toxicologist, Tamykah Anthony.