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!


This Week in Forensic Science


Familial DNA Testing Helps Identify Serial Rapist (WDTN News 2 – 9/7/2018)

  • An alleged serial rapist who was identified through familial DNA testing has been arrested.


Schimel: Wisconsin’s Sexual Assault Kit Testing Complete (Forensic Magazine – 9/10/2018)

  • More than 4,100 untested sexual assault evidence kits dating back to the 1980s in Wisconsin have finally been tested, state Attorney General Brad Schimel said Monday.


Do You Have a Privacy Right to Your DNA? (Daily Business Review – 9/10/2018)


Scratched Burglar Jailed After Being Caught by Nail Clipping DNA (BBC News – 9/11/2018)

  • A violent burglar who tried to destroy DNA evidence by clipping his victim’s fingernails has been jailed.



Barbarian DNA from European Cemeteries Reveals Secrets of Mysterious Ancient Society (Independent – 9/11/2018)

  • Genetic evidence reveals family structure and origins of the Longobards, a group that ruled northern Italy after the western Roman empire collapsed



Biologists Checked Out This NBA Player’s DNA for Clues to His Immense Height (MIT Technology Review – 9/11/2018)

  • Gene scores can pick most people likely to be extremely tall, super smart, or out of the ordinary.


Inside the FBI’s Secret Bomb Lab: Unprecedented Access to Elite Forensic Team and the IEDs that Shaped Global Security (Fox News – 9/12/2018)

  • With unprecedented access to the FBI lab known as TEDAC – the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center – Fox News exclusively obtained evidence photos that show the bombs that shaped global security after 9/11, and represent that ever-evolving threat people like Yeager work tirelessly to understand.



20 Baffling Forensic Cases That Stumped Everyone (Reader’s Digest – 9/13/2018)

  • Forensics—fingerprints, DNA, time of death—may seem like hard science. But the practice is still evolving and as these mysteries reveal it’s far from flawless.


“Hundreds” of Crimes Will Soon be Solved Using DNA Databases, Genealogist Predicts (MIT Technology Review – 9/13/2018)