Science Thursday: Forensics Around the World
This week, a UK judge raised concerns about fingerprint evidence, India is focused on revamping and modernizing forensics nationwide and new technology from New Zealand promised faster DNA test results. Here’s a roundup of forensic news:
A UK judge called the practice of fingerprint analysis
and said that it was therefore “inherently capable of misidentifications” in a speech to the Forensic Science Society in London.
A UK Police Chief is receiving criticism for
training unpaid volunteers
to recover forensic evidence from crime scenes.
UK researchers using forensic techniques
restored handwritten records
of the 1851 Manchester census documents that were damaged in a flood.
Sri Lankan police
sent 24 bags full of ashes
for forensic testing from what they believe to be a mass grave. In India, officials are observing
2010 as the “Forensic Year”
to revamp and modernize the organizational structure of various forensic laboratories, personnel policies and training needs.
Indian officials are setting up a bulletproof testing facility in the state forensic laboratory to test whether vehicles and protective gear
can actually resist gunfire
New Zealand is demonstrating new technology that
reduces the processing time
for DNA from 28 days to five.
The ASPCA’s forensic veterinarian co-founded a first-of-its-kind
veterinary forensic training program
at the University of Florida.
scientific reliability of bloodstain pattern analysis
was questioned in a Connecticut murder case.
The Orange County Board of Supervisors is exploring the cost of
separating the county’s forensic services from law enforcement
A panel of law enforcement officials, defense attorneys, prosecutors, a judge and a professor convened in NC as part of the
state’s national search for a new director for the State Bureau of Investigations
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