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


App Developers Hope to Battle Rape Kit Backlog With NowtRKit (CBS Pittsburgh – 2/11/2018)

  •  A group of engineers are using their technology to help end the backlog of rape kits — with an app. The app tracks rape kits from hospital rooms to laboratories to police and prosecution storage facilities.


Using Bone Chips Instead of Powder for DNA Extraction (Forensic Magazine – 2/13/2018)

  • But a new study in the Journal of Forensic Sciences assesses a kit made by a Japanese company that allows analysts to test small chips of bone, instead of powder.

    The Sam Houston State University team found that the TBone Ex kit, made by the Tokyo-based DNA Chip Research, Inc., effectively worked to extract DNA samples without having to pulverize the ossified material.


Time of Death Written In Your Genes – And It Could Help Forensic Investigators ( – 2/13/2018)

  • Researchers from Europe and the Americas have found certain genes ramp up or wind down in skin, lungs and other body tissues in the hours after death. They also developed software that can analyse these gene patterns to calculate how long since that person died.


ICMP: The First Results of DNA Analysis from Laboratories in the Hague to Arrive in BiH in March (Sarajevo Times – 2/14/2018)

  • The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), whose DNA Laboratory was moved from BH to The Hague will start with profiling of the cases from the Western Balkans already in the upcoming month, when the new laboratory system is fully functional, as confirmed by Sasa Kulukcija, the spokesperson of ICMP.



Cold Case Detectives Hope to Link Unsolved Crimes to Serial Killer Ted Bundy ( KIRO 7 – 2/14/2018)

  • More than 50 years after serial killer Ted Bundy began his murderous terror spree, local investigators are pushing to solve old crimes that could be connected to the serial killer while he lived in the Pacific Northwest.