Researchers searching for a way to track antidepressant usage from postmortem hair find that hair color influences drug retention more than time or length of hair.
Continue reading Using Hair as an Indicator of Antidepressant Use Post-Mortem
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
European forensic scientists investigate how outdoor weather conditions impact fiber loss on static textiles, giving more quantifiable information for investigators to direct their forensic resources. Continue reading Weathering the storm: how weather conditions impact the persistence of fiber evidence
Fire destroys buildings and leaves only ash and rumble in its wake. Arsonists believe that their fiery M.O. protects them from the threat of biological evidence. However, researchers in Australia reveal buried bloodstains from dense, sooty remains. Continue reading Photographing blood under layers of soot with infrared cameras
Researchers develop an innovative workflow optimizing DNA extraction from teeth obtaining DNA for human genetic identity. Continue reading Say Cheese! A New Method Obtaining DNA from Dental Tissue
Dr. Maria Sonia Fondevila takes a look at how we establish long-distance kinship by validating the claim that Aragorn aka King Elessar is Elendil’s direct heir. Continue reading The legitimacy of King Elessar’s throne
Forensic science has come under great scrutiny since the turn of the century. Scientists often pride themselves on having the ability to evolve as new evidence is presented. But can they adapt their communication skills to better the flow of knowledge delivery to their target audience? Continue reading Issues in Forensic Science Communication