LABORATORY NEWS
Forensic Elite to Meet in Seattle

More than 4,000 forensic professionals representing all states in the U.S. and 66 countries worldwide will convene at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Scientific Meeting in Seattle, WA, Feb. 17-22, 2014. The meeting will focus on forensic science education, mentorship and the path moving forward.

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New Bite Pattern Analysis Study

Research team completes three-year study on bite pattern analysis that will help establish protocol for using bite marks as forensic evidence.

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Evaluation of Ballistics Evidence Program

A team of researchers from four universities has evaluated the operations of the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN), a program through which firearms examiners at state and local crime laboratories compare tool marks on fired bullets or cartridges found at a crime scene to digitized images of ballistic evidence in a nationwide database.

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The State of DNA Backlogs

A newly released special report, "Making Sense of DNA Backlogs, 2012 — Myths vs. Reality", is now available from the National Institute of Justice.

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Biometrics for Government and National Security 2014 Event

The 7th Annual Biometrics for Government and National Security event will be held February 19-21, 2014 in Washington D.C.

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"Forensic Finger" for Gunshot Residue Detection

A paper published by authors with the Department of NanoEngineering at the University of California, San Diego describes a "Solid-state Forensic Finger sensor for integrated sampling of detection of gunshot residue and explosives: towards 'Lab-on-a-Finger'".

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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.

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