NFSTC to Retire DNA Laboratory Audit Program

As of December 31, 2017, the National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) will no longer provide DNA laboratory auditing services. NFSTC has been a provider of DNA audits for 15 years. In a recent release, the organziation stated, "We are grateful for our many friends and customers in the DNA community."

Wrongful Convictions and DNA Exonerations

An article recently published in the NIJ Journal provides a "review of erroneous convictions that involved forensic science can help identify critical lessons for forensic scientists as they perform testing, interpret results, render conclusions, and testify in court."

Webinar: Predicting Human Appearance from DNA

A webinar on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 will discuss how DNA can help predict human appearance, with a particular focus on pigmentation.


NIST Experts Urge Caution in Using 'Likelihood Ratio' in Courtroom Presentations

Two experts at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are calling into question a method of presenting evidence in courtrooms, arguing that it risks allowing personal preference to creep into expert testimony and potentially distorts evidence for a jury.

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Technique Detects Drugs in Fingerprints

Scientists from the University of Surrey have developed a rapid and highly sensitive fingerprint test that can take just seconds to confirm whether someone has used cocaine. This new breakthrough, published in Clinical Chemistry, comes as a result of the first large-scale study of cocaine users and could pave the way for the detection of a range of other Class A substances.

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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.