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May 6, 2016

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May 6, 2016

Fighting Against Counterfeit Medicine

Apr. 25, 2016 — Around the world, especially in developing nations, counterfeit medicines are a real problem. Until now, in many countries there hasn't been a standard protocol to conduct investigations and ... read more

Mar. 22, 2016 — Forensic researchers have for the first time established science-based standards for identifying human remains based on X-rays of an individual's spine, upper leg or the side of the ... read more

Professor Urges Physicians to Help Victims of Torture Seeking Asylum

Mar. 7, 2016 — Refugees seeking asylum in the United States are twice as likely to be granted protection if their application is supported by medical documentation of ... read more

Study Finds Consistent Link Between Violent Crime and Concealed-Carry Gun Permits

Feb. 29, 2016 — A new study finds a significant relationship between firearm crime and subsequent applications for, and issuance of, concealed-carry gun ... read more

Testosterone Influences Regulation of Emotions in Psychopath's Brain

Jan. 21, 2016 — Psychopaths exhibit reduced control over their emotional actions, brain research has demonstrated. Researchers have now discovered that the quantity of testosterone a person produces influences the ... read more

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

Vertebrate Decomposition Study Provides Potential New Tool for Forensic Science

Dec. 10, 2015 — A new study indicates unique and changing microbial communities present during the decomposition of human cadavers look to be a reliable 'clock' for forensic ... 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

Dec. 2, 2015 — Researchers using modern imaging techniques on hearts more than 400 years old found at an archeological site were able to learn about the health conditions of the people buried there, according to a ... read more

Dec. 1, 2015 — A group of researchers have been the first to find the genetic material of a human virus from old human bones. The study analyzed the skeletal remains of Second World War casualties from the ... read more

Nov. 19, 2015 — The concentration of the euphoriant THC in cannabis has tripled in the space of 20 years in Denmark. The reason may be a systematic processing of the cannabis plants, some of which are being grown in ... read more

Oct. 28, 2015 — Secondary transfer of human DNA through intermediary contact is far more common than previously thought, a finding that could have serious repercussions for medical science and the criminal justice ... read more

Paper-Based Test Could Diagnose Hepatitis B and Assess Male Fertility at Low Cost

Oct. 28, 2015 — Scientists have developed a new paper device that analyzes DNA and could rapidly and inexpensively assess disparate conditions including hepatitis B and male infertility, which together affect ... read more

Oct. 22, 2015 — Rapid DNA, a newly commercialized technology, greatly expedites DNA testing to accurately verify family ... 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

New Methods for Collecting Forensic DNA to Combat Sexual Violence in Conflict

Sep. 29, 2015 — A new project aims to empower victims and support prosecutions in cases of sexual violence in conflict zones. The project will explore new methods for collecting forensic DNA evidence in cases of ... read more

Sep. 28, 2015 — It is possible to identify an individual's ancestral background based on his or her fingerprint characteristics, new research shows -- a discovery with significant applications for law ... read more

Sep. 22, 2015 — We each give off millions of bacteria from our human microbiome to the air around us every day, and that cloud of bacteria can be traced back to an individual. New research focused on the personal ... 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

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