ON THE COVER: The authors of this article wanted to find out if usable latent prints could be recovered from the adhesive side of duct tape after a period of submersion in fresh and saltwater. See the full story here.

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Editorial: First flight

FIVE YEARS: That’s how much time passed—almost exactly—from the time the National Academy of Sciences published their 2009 report, Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward, until the National Commission on Forensic Science had its first meeting.

Tool Kit: Evidence Packaging

Finding the evidence is just the beginning. These evidence-packaging products are designed with security and chain-of-custody in mind... as well as protecting the evidence from the elements—and the handlers from the evidence.

The Local DNA Database

Better, Faster... and You Own It

Rapid DNA Used by Prosecution

Rapid DNA profiles obtained from a stand-alone device are being used in a criminal prosecution for the first time.


Lifting Latent Fingerprints from Difficult Surfaces

ALMOST ANYONE can find, process, and lift a latent print that happens to be in a logical and obvious place like a door handle, a beer can, or a butcher knife. But sometimes, a latent print is not just sitting there in a logical and obvious place. Sometimes, you have to use your imagination to find the print and your skills to lift it.