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!
Bode Technology, the largest private DNA forensic lab in the country based out of Virginia helped the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office solve the case. Cumberland County investigators said ‘forensic genealogy’ led to the arrest of the baby’s mother.
A Florida man has pleaded guilty in the 1980 killing of a young woman in Douglas County in what is believed to be the first conviction in Colorado resulting from a new investigative technique that uses genealogical research to identify killers through their relatives.
Innovative Forensic DNA has selected Intermountain Forensics as their lab services provider. Intermountain Forensics is the country’s first nonprofit forensic DNA lab, dedicated to bridging the gap between public and private labs.
Law enforcement investigators and the families of missing people stand to benefit from a new DNA testing breakthrough announced this week by the California Department of Justice.
The new testing technology allows crime lab technicians to fully sequence mitochondrial DNA, which makes it easier to test samples from human remains that have decayed beyond the point at which current DNA testing is generally effective.
A new study of the genetic history of Sardinia, a Mediterranean island off the western coast of Italy, tells how genetic ancestry on the island was relatively stable through the end of the Bronze Age, even as mainland Europe saw new ancestries arrive.
A paper published in PNAS this week puts denim-pattern analysis through its paces, finding that it isn’t particularly good at matching up identical pairs of jeans—and may create a number of “false alarm” errors to boot.