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CBS SP bay Area - March 26, 2016 How do you recover DNA from a crime scene like Brussels?
The second step is to bring all recovered objects to the lab and swab them to collect any traces of DNA that have survived the blast.
Many current methods involve difficult or expensive steps such as a tedious lipstick removal process or examination of samples by Raman spectroscopy or X-ray diffraction.
But these methods require specialized equipment and training, which are in short supply in under-funded and over-worked forensics labs.
This device could be used by law enforcement investigators to detect evidence, for example, by swabbing a table top or a suspect's hand looking for traces of cocaine or an explosive too small to be seen by the unaided eye.
Illinois State University News - John Moody - March 14, 2016 Tying lipstick smears from crime scenes to specific brands For years, forensic scientists have applied various methods to remove lipstick samples from crime scenes and analyze their chemical constituents.
Times Live - Shaun Smillie - March 8, 2016 Reversing the legacy of junk science in the courtroom Last May, NIST awarded million to a team of about 30 statisticians and legal professionals to help develop tools for analyzing the strength of an apparent match.
Called the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE), it will collaborate with NIST statisticians to develop statistical methods that describe how strongly a shoeprint in the dirt links the owner of a certain pair of sneakers to a crime scene, for example, or how many fingerprints other than the suspect’s might have left a similar pattern on a murder weapon.
The Herald Dispatch - LACIE PIERSON - March 2, 2016 Partnership provides forensic training, equipment to Alabama law enforcement agencies The center is hosting multiple training events to help police and sheriffs’ departments reduce the number of backlogged reports by improving the quality and timeliness of forensic evidence collected at the crime scenes, especially DNA evidence.
Tampa Bay Times - Ayana Stewart - March 31, 2016 Police artists nab criminals with pencil, paper In an age of ubiquitous cellphones and surveillance cameras, New York City police forensic artist Matthew Klein is one of a dying breed of crime fighters who helps catch bad guys with a pencil and paper.
The Sumter Item - COLLEEN LONG - March 29, 2016 Houston, Harris County officials renew calls to merge crime labs All of the members of the Harris County Commissioners Court are renewing calls for the county to take over forensic work from the city lab, and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said last week that he is interested in pursuing either a merger or further partnership with the county, in contrast to his predecessor.
Three large classrooms will also serve as a training facility for law enforcement and public safety officials.
Roanoke Times - Tiffany Stevens - March 23, 2016 Home Office unveils strategy to tackle UK forensics problems The UK Home Office has released a new forensic science strategy, which it says addresses some of the serious criticisms raised by the parliamentary science and technology committee last year.
Crime scene cleanup business is not for everyone He and his three employees at Bio Scene Clean Up work day and night in the Tampa Bay area, stepping in after the unthinkable happens.