The President announces funding for forensic science standard setting, new research finds unrelated individuals may be mistakenly identified as genetically related, and a Penn State forensic researcher has developed a quantitative model for making fingerprint comparison conclusions. Here’s a roundup of this week’s forensics news:
The President’s budget includes $5M to the National Institute of Standards and Technology to
develop measurement standards
and quantify uncertainty for forensic science techniques.
Research from Penn State University may
lead to a statistical assessment
of fingerprint comparison.
The Houston mayor announced a plan to
create an independent crime laboratory
reporting to a board.
New research from the Universities of Washington and California at Berkeley found that
unrelated individuals may be mistakenly identified as genetic family members
due to inaccurate genetic assumptions in familial DNA search procedures.
Researchers from the University of Granada developed a new forensic identification technique called craniofacial superimposition which
using reference points on the skull and pictures of the living subject.
DNA analysis of
ephithelial cells shed in snake venom
is a new tool to catch illegal venom traffickers.
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