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!
One of the major pragmatic devices showcased at ISHI is a collection tool developed in Europe that combines forensic needs, accelerated speed, and advanced genetic analysis to respond to mass casualty incidents—like American mass shootings.
Thousands of DNA profiles legally required to be collected from adults arrested for felonies or convicted of some misdemeanors in Ohio are missing from state and national crime databases, according to a newspaper network’s investigation.
The North Carolina sexual assault tracking system launches Monday. It allows victims of sexual assaults who get a forensic exam to track where their evidence is and if it’s been tested. Idaho, Arkansas and a few other states have similar systems.
In today’s episode, our narrator, Brandt Cassidy, Ph.D., laboratory director for DNA Solutions and technical leader for the forensic work conducted by the company, describes a challenging case where evidence was sent to Oklahoma City by the U.S. Attorney’s office in Phoenix.
Using newly tested DNA evidence, the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office’s Cold Case Task Force reportedly has linked a suspect to the 1973 homicide of Veda Woodson. Investigators are now seeking 78-year-old Stanley Clabough, who is believed to live in the Tulsa area.
“There is very little research on the decomposition of juvenile and infant remains, but it’s important to understand the rate and progress of this process – it can provide crucial information about when victims died and their remains disposed of,” says Ann Ross, a professor of biological sciences at NC State and first author of a paper on the work.
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