Science Thursday


As forensic DNA technology improves, concerns about contamination increase; a Texas drug analyst alleges she was fired for whistle-blowing; and Dr. Henry Lee discusses the complexity of forensic interpretation.   Here’s a roundup of this week’s forensics news:
As forensic DNA becomes increasingly important to solving criminal cases and as the technology is able to exploit smaller and smaller samples of DNA, it also

raises concerns of DNA contamination

A former Austin Police Department crime lab drug analyst

filed a complaint

alleging she was fired for questioning the lab’s accreditation status and for suggesting that drug tests were dry-labbed.
A Florida bank robber was identified by authorities using

fingerprints found on the ransom note

Of the 15 members of the biology section at Ontario’s Centre of Forensic Sciences,

14 are women

Dr. Henry Lee, who specializes in solving cold cases, cautions that

forensic evidence is not always black and white

and that interpretation is complex.

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