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New Zealand scientists explore molecular biology techniques in bitemark identification, DNA is not immune from laboratory problems, and Michigan crime labs wait for a resolution on their accreditation status.  Here’s this week’s round up of forensic news:
Researchers in New Zealand are studying

oral bacterial profiles

found on bite marks as a way to investigate the biter.

Fort Worth police crime lab

will resume DNA testing. The lab stopped conducting DNA tests in October 2002 after an investigation found widespread problems at the lab.  
DNA suggesting a


between a New York City cold case and an Occupy Wall Street protester might have come from a member of the New York Police Department.
After an accreditation organization issued 118 corrective action requests to the Michigan State Police Laboratories, the state

awaits news

of the organization’s decision.  The Michigan State Police is on its third extension after its accreditation expired more than a year ago.
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