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 Rasmussen case helped change forensic investigations forever with the introduction of the use of genetic genealogy — a technique that has helped point to suspects in other major cases, including the Golden State Killer case.
Judge Dennis Waldron has overturned the double murder conviction of Darrill Henry and ordered a new trial based on the results of new DNA evidence. Henry has consistently maintained his innocence since the time he was first arrested for the 2004 murders of an 89-year-old woman and her 67-year-old daughter in the 7th Ward of New Orleans, Louisiana.
The rationale for using swabs provided by MyHeritage, according to Japhet, stemmed from the fact that oftentimes, the concentration of the virus can be very small, leading to a need for specialized swabs, which is what the company uses to help people discover their ancestral roots.
Now, a research team from the University at Albany and John Jay College of Criminal Justice (both NY, USA) have devised a new molecular maggot analysis method that is quicker, easier and less subjective than traditional methods. This technique could help to advance forensic entomology and increase its usefulness in real-life cases.