Counterfeit medication poses a series threat to patient safety and public health. How can pharmaceutical companies guarantee their product is making it into patient hands? New work shows how companies can subtly mark their true products with edible silk “tags” inscribed with an invisible fluorescent code. Continue reading New research combats counterfeit medication with edible silk tags
While carbon monoxide is generally considered the major lethal agent in smoke inhalation, a case study of an elderly Romanian gentlemen highlights the contribution of another less-known killer – hydrogen cyanide. Continue reading A new indicator of fire-related fatalities: hydrogen cyanide
The close, physical contact during a violent crime leads to transfer of materials from victims to perpetrators (and vice versa) such as DNA. Researchers at the University of Central Florida recently showed that two unusual types of physical evidence, glitter and shimmer, have the potential to link individuals as well. Continue reading Body glitter and shimmer can aid sexual assault investigation
Bed bugs invade homes to engorge themselves on our blood. Can forensic scientists crack open these pesky critters and trace back to who they recently feasted upon? Continue reading Fact or Fiction: Extracting human DNA evidence from bed bugs
Knowing whether a stain is semen or saliva helps investigators recreate crime scenes and solidify links between suspects and criminal acts. But degraded samples are difficult to analyze – could microRNAs be the solution? Continue reading The smallest RNAs identify the most important body fluids in forensics
There are many ways to separate a mixture of powder drugs – but magnetic levitation? Continue reading Using the power of magnets to separate drug powders
While seizing illicit drugs, CSI techs and police are potentially exposed to potent, life-threatening opioid compounds. Could this field detection method allow on-site screening and the protection of law enforcement? Continue reading Don’t touch that bag!
Researchers show how mass spec imaging reveals information on drugs and explosives that a suspect touched, all from their fingerprint! Continue reading Detecting drugs and explosives in fingerprints