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April 26, 2017

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April 26, 2017

Individuals Who Solely Murder Children Differ from Other Murderers

Apr. 5, 2017 — The neuropsychological profiles of murderers who solely kill children differ significantly from the profiles of those who kill children and adults in the same homicidal act, according to a new study. ... read more

DNA-Evidence Needs Statistical Back-Up

Jan. 10, 2017 — How do forensic scientists deal with complex DNA-evidence found at crime scenes? A researcher has now developed new statistical models to analyze ... read more

It's Time to Stop Using Bite Marks in Forensics, Experts Argue

Dec. 1, 2016 — Researchers are increasingly skeptical about the validity of bite-mark identification as trial evidence. A new paper describes the legal basis for the rise of bite-mark identification and reviews ... read more

Drug-Caused Deaths Among Health Care Professionals: New Insights Revealed

Nov. 22, 2016 — From 2003-2013, nearly five deaths per 1000 employed Australian health care professionals were caused by drugs, with a significant association between specific professions and drug type, an ... read more

Nov. 1, 2016 — You may have seen it on CSI: The star examines hair from a crime scene and concludes its color or texture looks like the defendant’s hair, or maybe his dog’s. Case closed. But looks can be ... read more

Oct. 26, 2016 — Hexavalent chromium, a carcinogen made famous by the movie Erin Brockovich, is far more abundant in drinking water wells in North Carolina than previously thought, a new study ... read more

Sep. 29, 2016 — A study using a new imaging method has revealed that, surprisingly, cocaine accumulates in the eyes of zebrafish. The findings indicate that chemicals – especially psychoactive drugs – need to be ... read more

Study Generates Soviet Anthrax Pathogen Genome from Autopsy Specimens

Sep. 7, 2016 — A new study used deep DNA sequencing methods to generate the anthrax genome sequence from the victims of the 1979 anthrax outbreak in Sverdlovsk, Russia, when it was part of the ... read more

Female Forensic Scientists More Stressed Than Males

Aug. 18, 2016 — Women may be at the forefront of the fast-growing forensic science field, but they're also more stressed than their male counterparts, indicates new ... read more

Forensic Research Finds Bone Density Affects Size of Bullet Holes

Aug. 3, 2016 — A proof-of-concept study finds that the density of bones in the skull affects the size of bullet holes in the skull. The finding is useful for law enforcement officials and medical examiners seeking ... read more

Shaken Baby Syndrome Accepted as Diagnosis by Majority of Physicians

July 22, 2016 — Survey data reveals a high degree of medical consensus that shaking a young child is capable of producing subdural hematoma (a life-threatening pooling of blood outside the brain), severe retinal ... read more

July 21, 2016 — A new study has identified one of the genetic causes underlying the higher rate of melanoma in men. The research group focused their study on the differences between men and women in terms of ... read more

Research Highlights the Legal Issues of Certifying Emotional Support Animals

July 12, 2016 — Service animals are recognized by the ADA as those whose training helps them serve a specific disability-related function. However, people not necessarily exhibiting a mental or physical disability ... read more

Radiocarbon Dating Suggests Joint Cartilage Can't Renew

July 6, 2016 — Using radiocarbon dating as a forensic tool, researchers have found that human cartilage rarely renews in adulthood, suggesting that joint diseases may be harder to treat than previously ... read more

Multiple Personality Disorder May Be Rooted in Traumatic Experiences

May 25, 2016 — A new study supports the notion that multiple personality disorder is rooted in traumatic experiences such as neglect or abuse in childhood, rather than being related to suggestibility or proneness ... read more

May 19, 2016 — Genes that drive the shape of human noses have now been identified. The four genes mainly affect the width and 'pointiness' of noses which vary greatly between different populations. The ... read more

May 17, 2016 — Some forensic anthropologists thought the skull condition called cribra orbitalia was a thing of the past -- but new research finds that it not only still exists, but is fairly common in both North ... read more

Apr. 25, 2016 — The largest ever study of global genetic variation in the human Y chromosome has uncovered the hidden history of men. Research reveals explosions in male population numbers in five continents, ... read more

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

Alcohol Availability Affects Local Crime Patterns

Apr. 25, 2016 — Restrictions on alcohol availability may be an important crime-control policy, given that alcohol availability appears to influence crime by increasing consumption and alcohol-induced impulsivity. In ... read more

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