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!




Forensic Proteomics Research Provides New Tools for Crime Scene Investigations (The Aggie – 10/25/2019)

  • 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.



Investigative Genealogy Helped Police Catch Serial Killers and Rapists. Now Cases are Going Unsolved. (BuzzFeed – 10/26/2019)

  • Investigative genealogy has been celebrated as one of the biggest crime-fighting breakthroughs in decades, but privacy concerns have all but ground its use to a halt.


How Commandos Could Quickly Confirm They Got Their Target (The New York Times – 10/27/2019)

  • 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.


Scientists Think They’ve Found ‘Mitochondrial Eve’s’ First Homeland (LiveScience – 10/28/2019)

  • By studying the genomes of more than 1,200 indigenous Africans living in the southern part of the continent today, the team pieced together a history of one of the oldest DNA lineages on Earth.


Baltimore County Awarded $300,000 to Investigate Sexual Assault Cold Cases (The Baltimore Sun – 10/28/2019)

  • 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.


Cold Case Break: DNA Technology Helps Identify “Fly Creek Jane Doe” (KGW8 – 10/30/2019)

  • Four decades after remains were found in rural Clark County the homicide victim was identified as Sandra Morden.