Science Thursday – A Blood-Based Age Test?
This is the first installment of a new weekly feature on the Innocence Blog where we’ll feature stories each Thursday on the role of science in criminal justice systems around the world. For more on forensic science reform in the U.S., visit
the Just Science Coalition website
Researchers in the Netherlands report that they
have developed a test
that can estimate a person’s age (within 9 years) from a drop of blood.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
created a new Science Advisory Board
for the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) that will focus on evidence-based approaches to prevent and reduce crime.
A U.K. Judge
juries are “improperly influenced” by unreliable evidence. Police in Taos, NM
used voice analysis
to charge a man for calling in bomb threats to local schools.
Two Texas men
were convicted of infecting women with HIV
based on a genetic test created by Texas university researchers.
Investigative reporters question the work of the Ramsey and Washington County Chief Medical Examiner, who also contracts with 13 counties in Minnesota, in
two possible cases of wrongful conviction
advocates for bifurcated trials
as a solution to prevent more wrongful convictions.
The National Football League is using digital forensics to
investigate inappropriate text exchanges
by its players.
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