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Police Sketches Via DNA

By | July 1, 2015

For assistance in solving crimes, a company has developed a service that will construct a face based on a genetic sample.

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Microbiome Fingerprints

By | May 11, 2015

Researchers identify people by the unique combinations of microbes found in and on their bodies.

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Microbes Could Help Solve Sex Crimes

By | December 17, 2014

Microbial species found in pubic hair samples could help track down criminals.

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DNA Mugshots

By | March 24, 2014

Variants of 20 genes can predict the shape of a person’s face, a study finds.

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The Necrobiome

By | February 1, 2014

Next-generation sequencing of the bacterial assemblages that inhabit a corpse throughout decomposition improve time-of-death estimates.

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Microbes May Help Solve Mysteries

By | September 25, 2013

The microbial community composition of a corpse could indicate how long the person has been dead, according to a study on decomposing mice.

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The Price of DNA IDs

By | September 16, 2013

Following natural disasters or violent political turmoil, DNA science can help identify victims. But what if a country can’t afford the technology?

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Panel Eviscerates UK Forensic Science

By | July 25, 2013

Turmoil in UK forensic services could threaten the integrity of the country’s criminal justice system, according to a government report.

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Ancient Appearances

By | May 1, 2013

A new DNA assay developed by forensic scientists helps archaeologists reconstruct eye and hair color from old teeth and bones.

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IDing War Victims

By | May 1, 2013

Libyan scientists, soon to be trained in countries around the world, are undertaking a massive search mission to find missing loved ones among thousands of dead bodies, casualties of the country’s recent popular revolution.

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