Forensics News
May 20, 2019

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Computational Model Links Family Members Using Genealogical and Law-Enforcement Databases

Researchers are reporting ways in which using genetic ancestry databases to solve crimes could potentially be ... read more

What Anglo Saxon Teeth Can Tell Us About Modern Health

Evidence from the teeth of Anglo Saxon children could help identify modern children most at risk from conditions such as obesity, diabetes and heart ... read more

Forensics: New Tool Predicts Eye, Hair and Skin Color from a DNA Sample of an Unidentified Individual

An international team has developed a novel tool to accurately predict eye, hair and skin color from human biological material -- even a small DNA ... read more

Study Identifies More Than a Hundred New Genes That Determine Hair Color

Scientists have discovered 124 genes that play a major role in determining human hair color ... read more
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Psychostimulants Play a Major Role in Fatal Strokes Among Young Adults

An estimated 76 million people use psychostimulants, which include illicit drugs such as methamphetamine, cocaine, and 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, as well as prescription stimulants. A new ... read more

Solving a Hairy Forensic Problem

For decades, forensic scientists have tested strands of hair to reveal drug use or poisoning. But in recent years, reports have questioned the technique -- in particular, its ability to distinguish ... read more

Inflammation Inhibitor Blocks Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Mouse Model

New work shows that an enzyme inhibitor reduced inflammation in the brains of mice born to mothers with maternal immune activation. Inflammation triggered by the enzyme, soluble epoxide hydrolase, is ... read more

Searching for Human Remains: Study Suggests Methodology to Improve Results

In an effort to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of law enforcement searches for human remains in the wild, searchers should cover the same area twice from two different angles and work no ... read more

Mass Spectrometry Sheds New Light on Thallium Poisoning Cold Case

In 1994, Chinese university student Zhu Ling began experiencing stomach pain, hair loss and partial paralysis. By the time doctors diagnosed Ling with thallium poisoning about four months later, she ... read more

New Research Aims to Help Catch Child Killers

Violent crimes against children are especially abhorrent. New research will help law enforcement learn more from juvenile and infant remains in order to help bring perpetrators to ... read more

Data-Sharing Website May Speed the Response to New Illegal Drugs

The NPS DataHub allows forensic chemists to share data on new drug analogs, including their chemical structures and signatures, which are the keys to identifying them in the ... read more

As Asylum Requests Rise, Doctors Have Important Role

With applications for asylum in the United States increasing sharply, a new paper from a team of asylum medicine and law experts is highlighting physicians' important role in evaluating ... read more

Using Bloodstains at Crime Scenes to Determine Age of a Suspect or Victim

From the spatter analysis made famous in the TV show Dexter to the frequent DNA profiling of CSI and the real cases covered in the FBI Files, blood tests are ubiquitous in forensic science. Now, ... read more

New Insights Into the Origins of Mutations in Cancer

Using worm experiments, scientists were able to study the processes generating cancer-causing DNA mutations in detail. The findings help identify the causes of human cancer. Such insights could be an ... read more

Study Shows Men and Women Tear ACL the Same Way in Non-Contact Injury

While women are two to four times more likely than men to tear the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in their knee, the cause of this injury is no different between the sexes, according to new ... read more

Bugs, Microbes and Death Can Inform the Living

A new study shows that the postmortem microbiome -- populations of micro-organisms that move in after death -- can provide crucial insights into public health. What's telling is that regardless ... read more

Scientists Decry Lack of Science in 'Forensic Science'

Many of the 'forensic science' methods commonly used in criminal cases and portrayed in popular police TV dramas have never been scientifically validated and may lead to unjust verdicts, ... read more

One in 10 People Have Traces of Cocaine or Heroin on Their Fingerprints

Scientists have found that drugs are now so prevalent that 13 percent of those taking part in a test were found to have traces of class A drugs on their fingerprints -- despite never using ... read more

Fifteen New Genes Identified That Shape Our Face

Researchers have identified fifteen genes that determine our facial ... read more

Gene Expression Patterns May Help Determine Time of Death

International team of scientists shows that changes in gene expression in different tissues can be used to predict the time of death of individuals. Their results may have implications for forensic ... read more

Bone Experts Offer How-to Video for Forensic Professionals

Advances in recent years allow forensic practitioners to use bone mineral density to extract more information from human remains -- but many forensic experts are unfamiliar with the techniques and ... read more

Forensic Researchers Find More Accurate Way to Estimate Age of Deceased

Forensic researchers have found a more accurate way to assess an individual's age at death, based on the bone mineral density of the femur. The technique could be used to help identify human ... read more

An Atlas of the Heart: Proteome of the Human Heart Mapped for the First Time

A healthy heart beats about two billion times during a lifetime - thanks to the interplay of more than 10,000 proteins. Researchers have now determined which and how many proteins are present in each ... read more

Telling Teeth: More Accurate Aging of Teeth Could Hold the Key to Identifying Health-Compromised Children in Africa

Researchers have investigated dental development for better estimations of chronological age in African ... read more

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