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!




Genetic Barcodes Can Ensure Authentic DNA Fingerprints (Forensic – 5/22/2020)

  • Engineers at Duke University and the New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering have demonstrated a method for ensuring that an increasingly popular method of genetic identification called “DNA fingerprinting” remains secure against inadvertent mistakes or malicious attacks in the field.



Forensic Scientists, Police Team Up to 3D Print PPE Parts for Medical Professionals (Forensic – 5/22/2020)

  • George Mason University’s Forensic Science and Police and Public Safety departments have teamed up to help medical personnel during the fight against COVID-19.

    Using 3D technology, they are making plastic extended straps that will allow doctors, nurses and other personnel to more comfortably wear the protective N95 masks for long periods while treating patients.


Armed with Massive Data Pools, Genealogy Companies Ancestry, 23andMe Begin COVID-19 Research (USA Today – 5/26/2020)

  • It’s a question that has vexed researchers from the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak: Why do some people get severely ill and die from COVID-19, while others have mild symptoms or none at all?

    Now, scientists at two direct-to-consumer genealogy DNA companies hope to use the genomes they’ve collected from millions of people over the years to see if they can find a genetic explanation to answer that question.

A ‘CSI Effect’ is Leading to More Women in Forensic Science (CBS4 – 5/28/2020)

    • Data shows more females are getting into forensic sciences.

      This may be a result of the “CSI effect,” in which true crime shows and podcasts are peaking people’s interest in the industry.



Investigators Use DNA, Genetic Genealogy to ID Another Victim of Long Island Serial Murders (Boston 25 News – 5/28/2020)

  • Police on Long Island have added another link in a chain of 11 unsolved Gilgo Beach killings believed to be the work of a serial killer.

    Using genetic genealogy, Suffolk County police investigators have identified one of the slain women, initially dubbed “Jane Doe No. 6,” as Valerie Mack, police officials said Thursday. Mack’s identification comes 20 years after she vanished.