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Opinion: Brain Scans in the Courtroom
Andreas Kuersten | Nov 23, 2015
Advances in neuroimaging have improved our understanding of the brain, but the resulting data do little to help judges and juries determine criminal culpability.
Police Sketches Via DNA
Kerry Grens | Jul 1, 2015
For assistance in solving crimes, a company has developed a service that will construct a face based on a genetic sample.
Anti-Vax Doctor Found Dead
Bob Grant | Jun 30, 2015
Police are calling the death of James Bradstreet, a physician who claimed vaccines cause autism and offered autism cures to patients, an apparent suicide.
Microbes Could Help Solve Sex Crimes
Kerry Grens | Dec 17, 2014
Microbial species found in pubic hair samples could help track down criminals.
Seismologists Cleared of Manslaughter
Kerry Grens | Nov 11, 2014
Six Italian earthquake advisors, charged with manslaughter for not sounding the alarm on a 2009 temblor, had their convictions overturned.
Student Could Be Jailed for Online Post
Kerry Grens | Aug 1, 2014
A Colombian graduate student is being charged with copyright infringement for posting another scientist’s thesis online—a crime punishable by up to eight years in jail.
Viral in Valencia
Chris Palmer | Oct 1, 2013
A genetic analysis that tracks the evolution of pathogens helped incriminate a Spanish anesthetist who infected hundreds of patients with hepatitis C.
Kerry Grens | Sep 25, 2013
Overstating the benefits of a drug lands a former biotech executive in home detention.
Phylogenetics Sheds Light on Crime
Kate Yandell | Jul 29, 2013
Researchers reconstructed the evolutionary histories of hepatitis C virus samples to confirm that a Spanish anesthesiologist infected 275 of his patients.
Supreme Court OKs DNA Collection on Arrest
Dan Cossins | Jun 4, 2013
Top justices rule that police have the right to take DNA swabs from people who are arrested, even before they are convicted.