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August 2, 2015

Better DNA Hair Analysis for Catching Criminals

July 16, 2015 — A simple, lower-cost new method for DNA profiling of human hairs should improve opportunities to link criminals to serious crimes, researchers report. They have modified existing laboratory methods ... read more

On the Origin of Theory: Were Forensic Examiners First to Uncover 'Ecological Succession'?

Mar. 18, 2015 — Generations of students have learned that "ecological succession" originated with plant scientists. Yet, according to a new article, it was forensic examiners who first explored the ... read more

Sexual Offending Treatment Programs in Prisons, Hospitals Are Ineffective

Jan. 27, 2015 — The current rehabilitation program for sexual offenders is not proven to work and leaves the public at risk, experts report. In the UK, in prisons and secure psychiatric hospitals, sexual offenders ... read more

Stalking Risk Increases Among College Students

Jan. 13, 2015 — College students are at higher risk for stalking than the general public, but are less likely to report the crime to police, experts have determined. Stalking, defined as a repeated course of conduct ... read more

Severely Mentally Ill Criminals: Who Goes to Prison and Who Goes to Psych Institutions?

Dec. 17, 2014 — People with a severe mental disorder who commit a crime and who are incarcerated have different characteristics compared to people who are hospitalized after committing an offense, say researchers ... read more

Microbial 'Signature' for Sexual Crimes

Dec. 15, 2014 — In the first study of hair microbiota for forensics, researchers found in their preliminary results that pubic hairs in particular show the most potential for forensic investigations, with an ability ... read more

Study 'Makes the Case' for RFID Forensic Evidence Management

Dec. 5, 2014 — Radio frequency identification (RFID) tags -- devices that can transmit data over short distances to identify objects, animals or people -- have become increasingly popular for tracking everything ... read more

Oct. 21, 2014 — One out of every five female students experience stalking victimization during their college career, but many of those cases are not reported to police, according to a new ... read more

Oct. 20, 2014 — Roman gladiators ate a mostly vegetarian diet and drank ashes after training as a tonic. These are the findings of anthropological investigations carried out on bones of warriors found during ... read more

Nanoparticles Give Up Forensic Secrets

Oct. 2, 2014 — A group of researchers from Switzerland has thrown light on the precise mechanisms responsible for the impressive ability of nanoparticles to detect fingermarks left at crime ... read more

Sep. 21, 2014 — People in trustworthy positions to victims, such as friends or carers, can be sources of cruelty and hate, a new study has concluded. Hate crime victims have recorded being tipped from wheelchairs, ... read more

Suicide Prevention Requires Access to Effective, Evidence-Based Treatment

Sep. 18, 2014 — Suicide is preventable, but not all Americans have access to effective treatment and crisis intervention, a member of the American Psychological Association has told a congressional ... read more

Modern Forensic Techniques Identify Most Likely Cause of King Richard III’s Death

Sep. 17, 2014 — The remains of King Richard III -- the last English monarch to die in battle -- were found under a car park in Leicester by archaeologists. The forensic imaging team used whole body CT scans and ... read more

Improved Means of Detecting Mismatched DNA

Sep. 16, 2014 — A highly sensitive means of analyzing very tiny amounts of DNA has been developed by researchers. The discovery, they say, could increase the ability of forensic scientists to match genetic material ... read more

Aug. 28, 2014 — A person's home is their castle, and they populate it with their own subjects: millions and millions of bacteria. Scientists have detailed the microbes that live in houses and apartments. The ... read more

Head Injury, Re-Offending Link Scrutinized by UK Parliament

Aug. 12, 2014 — The Justice Committee will hear evidence from psychologists calling for recognition of the connection between head injury and re-offending, in order to reduce the number of individuals re-entering ... read more

July 23, 2014 — Non-biting blow fly Chrysomya megacephala is commonly found in dead bodies and is used in forensic investigations to determine the time of death, referred to as the post mortem interval. A report of ... read more

Improved Screening Assay for Buprenorphine in Umbilical Cord

July 1, 2014 — Researchers have improved umbilical cord screening assay for buprenorphine by reducing the positive result cutoff from 1.0 ng/g down to 0.5 ng/g. The improved umbilical cord buprenorphine assay gives ... read more

June 10, 2014 — Telehealth consultations for clinicians at rural hospitals improve their ability to provide forensic examinations for sexual abuse, researchers demonstrate. In addition to improving quality, they ... read more

Microbial Forensics Sector Not Yet Prepared for Fulsome Response to Global Biological Outbreaks

June 9, 2014 — Much as human DNA can be used as evidence in criminal trials, genetic information about microorganisms can be analyzed to identify pathogens or other biological agents in the event of a suspicious ... read more

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