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DNA from a relative of the suspect submitted to the site GEDmatch gave investigators just enough information to identify him, but the process raises privacy concerns.

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UK Judges Receive Primers on Forensic Science

By Catherine Offord | March 1, 2018

Scientists in the U.K., in collaboration with members of the judiciary, have launched the first in a series of explanatory documents designed to help integrate science into the courtroom.

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The Biggest Science Scandals of 2017

By Jef Akst | December 15, 2017

This year’s controversial news included unethical behavior among politicians, a murder, and multiple accusations of gender discrimination and sexual harassment, in addition to the usual spate of research misconduct.

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The Strange and Stranger Case of Wyndham Lathem

By Anna Azvolinsky | August 24, 2017

A Northwestern University plague researcher has been charged with a brutal murder. Here’s what we know about him.

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Microbiology Professor Wanted for Murder

By Jef Akst | August 3, 2017

An arrest warrant has been issued for Wyndham Lathem of Northwestern University in connection with a stabbing death in Chicago.

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USC Professor Fatally Stabbed

By Jef Akst | December 5, 2016

Psychologist Bosco Tjan of the University of Southern California studied how people adapt as they lose their vision.  

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Neurologist Charged with Murder

By Dan Cossins | August 1, 2013

A neurologist at the University of Pittsburgh is accused of using cyanide to kill his wife, a fellow neurologist at the same institution.

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Book Excerpt from The Murder of Cleopatra

By Pat Brown | March 1, 2013

In Chapter 1, “The Coldest Case,” author and criminal profiler Pat Brown sets the scene for her quest to prove that the Egyptian queen did not commit suicide.

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CSI: Ancient Alexandria

By Pat Brown | March 1, 2013

A reexamination of the facts surrounding the death of Cleopatra VII reveals that the Egyptian queen was murdered—and not by an asp.

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Researcher Meets Gruesome End

By Bob Grant | January 25, 2013

An infectious disease scientist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia was brutally murdered in her home.

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