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!
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Colombian National Police (CNP) officially opened the Yuliana Andrea Samboni Child Exploitation/Cyber Forensics Laboratory in a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by senior U.S. and Colombian officials.
Advances in recent years allow forensic practitioners to use bone mineral density to extract more information from human remains – but many forensic experts are unfamiliar with the techniques and technology. Now forensic researchers from North Carolina State University have published a step-by-step methodology in the video journal JOVE, providing forensic professionals with a guide that can help them extract as much information as possible from this emerging tool.
Scientists have assembled the most complete human genome to be mapped with a single technology using a new pocket-size portable DNA sequencer, which they say could one day make genome mapping quick and simple enough to do at home.
A national science group in 2010 changed the way DNA mixtures are interpreted, leading the Orange County Crime Lab to develop its own version of the new standards. District Tony Rackauckas then ordered the review, which resulted in reduced charges in just two serious crimes, prosecutors said. Dozens more were found to include evidence in which the defense might have benefited under the new DNA standards.
The parts of our DNA that contain instructions for making proteins—the building blocks of our bodies—differ by less than 1 percent, but protein-coding genes are only a small part of our genomes. Some of the biggest differences between humans and chimps lie in the DNA that resides outside of genes.
The Y chromosome in human men is shrinking so quickly, it could disappear altogether – though that will likely take some 4.5 million years. But the good news is that human genetics could find a solution around the problem.
Various agencies including Michigan State Police and Crimestoppers are partnering together to host a DNA drive. The idea behind the drive is to collect DNA via cheek swabs from families of missing women in the area.
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