Science Thursday: Getting Reform Right
Here’s a roundup of the week in forensic science. We’ll see you in 2011. Happy New Year!
Sir Alec Jeffreys, who discovered DNA profiling in 1984, joined with 32 other scientists this week in
calling on the British government
to reconsider its plan to close and split up its national Forensic Science Service.
The Charlotte Observer
called on state officials
to ensure that reforms at the lab get to the heart of recent problems rather than sweeping them under the rug.
A plan to
shift control of New Mexico’s DNA database
is drawing controversy as a new governor prepares to take office.
A procedure to determine
a person’s approximate age from a DNA test
continues to draw interest from the criminal justice community.
Communications gaps in Pittsburgh crime labs led to
evidence being improperly destroyed
. Some are calling for improvements in record-keeping and communications to improve evidence preservation.
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