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February 7, 2016

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February 7, 2016

Bite-Mark Analysis Can Lead to False Convictions, Landmark Research Shows

Jan. 8, 2016 — Forensic science is a vital crime-fighting tool in today’s criminal justice system. But it can also lead to false convictions, according to an expert, whose study proves that bite-mark analysis is ... read more

Dec. 9, 2015 — Forensic medicine has long employed molecular biology to link, for instance, tiny amounts of organic material to a suspect. Yet such methods are less useful when it comes to finding out which shot or ... read more

Search Engine for More Accurate, Fast Recognition of Metabolites

Oct. 1, 2015 — Metabolites are small molecules, such as sugars, fatty acids and amino acids that, among other things, serve as sources of energy in the cells and as building materials for cell walls. For ... read more

Cohort Study Explores Association Between SSRI Use and Violent Crime

Sep. 15, 2015 — Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) use is modestly associated with violent crime, according to a new study. The study showed in subgroup analysis that this association was evident in ... read more

Blood, Teeth Samples Accurately Predict a Criminal's Age

Sep. 8, 2015 — Forensic biomedical scientists have developed a test to predict individuals' age on the basis of blood or teeth samples. This test may be particularly useful for the police, as it can help track ... read more

Long-Term Study Links Common Psychiatric Disorders With Increased Risk of Violent Reoffending in Ex-Prisoners

Sep. 2, 2015 — Ex-prisoners with common psychiatric disorders such as bipolar disorder (manic-depressive disorder) and alcohol and drug abuse are substantially more likely to commit a violent crime after release ... read more

Predicting Who Will Murder His Wife or His Family

Aug. 25, 2015 — Murderers who kill intimate partners and family members have a significantly different psychological and forensic profile from murderers who kill people they don't know, reports a new study. The ... read more

Accuracy of Sexual Assault Testimonies Not Affected by Alcohol Intoxication, Study Finds

Aug. 18, 2015 — Intoxicated victims of sexual assault could accurately retain information from events, conclude researchers after a study. Findings are being applied to develop National Guidelines in England for how ... read more

July 31, 2015 — Researchers used LEDs and a thin film of gold to turbocharge the heating and cooling cycles of the PCR test so results are ready in minutes, not hours. The innovation greatly expands the clinical and ... read more

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

Link Found Between Neighborhood Quality, Cellular Aging

June 18, 2015 — Regardless of chronological age, people who live in neighborhoods with high crime, noise, and vandalism are biologically more than a decade older than those who do not, according to a ... read more

Pedophiles More Likely to Have Physical Irregularities

June 10, 2015 — New research suggests pedophiles are more likely to have superficial facial flaws, known as Minor Physical Anomalies (MPAs). They are also more likely to be left-handed, says a researcher. She led an ... read more

May 27, 2015 — Cannabis plus alcohol is one of the most frequently detected drug combinations in car accidents, yet the interaction of these two compounds is still poorly understood. A study shows for the first ... read more

May 15, 2015 — A new, non-invasive test that can detect cocaine use through a simple fingerprint has been presented by researchers. For the first time, this new fingerprint method can determine whether cocaine has ... read more

May 11, 2015 — A new study shows that the microbial communities we carry in and on our bodies known as the human microbiome have the potential to uniquely identify individuals, much like a fingerprint. Scientists ... read more

May 7, 2015 — Much like a finger leaves its own unique print to help identify a person, researchers are now discovering that skull fractures leave certain signatures that can help investigators better determine ... read more

Apr. 23, 2015 — Since its first use in the 1980s -- a breakthrough dramatized in recent crime-solving dramas -- DNA profiling has been a vital tool for forensic investigators.  Now researchers have solved one of ... read more

Researchers Produce First Atlas of Airborne Microbes Across United States

Apr. 20, 2015 — The first atlas of airborne microbes across the continental US has been created by scientists, a feat that has implications for better understanding health and disease in humans, animals and crops. ... read more

Mar. 30, 2015 — An unusual and very exciting form of carbon -- that can be created by drawing on paper -- looks to hold the key to real-time, high throughput DNA sequencing, a technique that would revolutionize ... read more

New Method of Analysis Developed That Allows Advancing Individual Response to Treatment of Breast Cancer With Tamoxifen

Mar. 25, 2015 — Tamoxifen is a prodrug widely used in the treatment of breast cancer, but the response of people to it depends on their ability to metabolize it into endoxifen. Researchers have developed a new ... read more

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