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Webinar: Identifying Biological Stains Using Comparative Proteomics

Current serological techniques have limitations when used for some bodily fluids. Comparative proteomics can identify key forensic biological marker proteins in three steps using technology available in most crime laboratories.

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Responding to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits

A new report describes findings about unsubmitted sexual assault kits in Wayne County (Detroit), Michigan. A multidisciplinary team investigated the situation and found a number of effective and sustainable responses and ways to prevent the problem from recurring.

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Symposium Seeks Improved Quality in Forensics

For decades, research programs at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have made significant contributions to forensic science, strengthening its scientific underpinnings and ensuring the credibility necessary for effective use in criminal justice proceedings, both in the United States and around the world. NIST also champions the sharing of information, research findings and best practices among the members of the global forensic community. As part of that mission, NIST is hosting the International Symposium on Forensic Science Error Management on July 20-24, 2015.

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An Open Source iOS Backup Examination Tool

Last year, a team from the University of New Haven’s Cyber Forensics Research & Education Group / Lab introduced at the Association of Digital Forensics, Security and Law conference an open source iOS backup forensics examination tool.

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Link Between Genes, Face Variation

In a new final technical report recently made available by the NIJ, author Mark Shriver describes how genes can affect facial features.

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New HeatSealers are Small, Reliable, Flexible

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By launching the new HeatSealer Family Eppendorf offers now two new devices for reliable sealing of different plate formats. To match various requirements, there is a choice between a small and extremely user-friendly device, HeatSealer S100, and a slightly bigger version, HeatSealer S200, with flexible programmable sealing parameters. Both models allow for easy, reproducible and effective sealing of plates, thereby efficiently preventing evaporation and contamination.

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Court Case Update

FINGERPRINT EVIDENCE went through a nearly three-year ordeal in the New Hampshire court system, but eventually emerged unscathed. On April 4, 2008, the New Hampshire Supreme Court unanimously reversed the decision of a lower court to exclude expert testimony regarding fingerprint evidence in the case of The State of New Hampshire v. Richard Langill. The case has been remanded back to the Rockingham County Superior Court.

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