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!
Thanks to the work of Glendon Parker and Robert Rice, professors in the department of environmental toxicology, and their teams, even scarce evidence like this could help link perpetrators to a crime. Using proteomics, researchers have discovered new ways to identify people from hair, teeth, skin and ancient bone samples.
The latest DNA-testing machines, which are now used by some state and local authorities, can provide a positive identification in about 90 minutes, according to David H. Kaye, a Penn State Law School professor who specializes in the field. But military commandos also base their conclusions on several other factors, including human intelligence and, when possible, basic facial features.
The funding, awarded by the Baltimore-based Hackerman Foundation, will support staffing, training and rape kit testing to establish a cold case investigations component in the police department’s special victim unit, Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa Hyatt said during a news conference.