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First case dropped in RTS manipulation scandal
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has dropped the case against a 26-year-old alleged drug-driver from Cheshire whose blood test results were provided by Randox Testing Services (RTS).
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<b><i>Protocol on blowfly development<br>will standardise estimations of<br>when someone died</b></i> Researchers plan global benchmark for time of death estimations
A new project being run by researchers at Bournemouth University aims to create a more reliable measure of time of death in criminal cases by creating the first ever industry standard protocol on which forensic entomologists can base their calculations.
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<b><i>Sir Alec Jeffreys: centre<br>to explain role of DNA<br>and forensics in investigations</b></i> Pioneering city to get first forensic museum
The story of the history of forensic science and its role in criminal investigations is set to become a major new tourist attraction in Leicester.
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<b><i>Dr Simona Francese: Our<br>methodology enables the specific<br>and sensitive detection or<br>identification of blood</b></i> Fast blood identification method created from fingerprints
A new method of detecting faint traces of blood in finger marks and stains could aid cold case crime investigations and cut down on potential miscarriages of justice, according to recently published research.
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The future is hair
Forensics
Research is showing the value of analysing protein found in hairs could be more useful in proving identity than any other strand of forensics.
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A look from DNA
Forensics
As science continues to find out more about our genes, Police Professional examines the latest findings that show how someone’s appearance could be determined by their chromosomes and offer even more for forensics.
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<b><i>Pig cadavers do not provide<br>same accuracy as previously thought</b></i> Crime scene comparisons with alternative cadavers 'not accurate'
Decomposition and time of death data gathered from studies using dead pigs as stand-ins for humans do not produce accurate results, new research has found.
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<b><i>Ann Ross: hopes new research<br>will help identify gun calibre</b></i> New information could help identify guns used to kill
The size of the bullet hole left in the skull of a murder victim varies according to the individual’s bone density, a new study has found.
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<b><i>Plant and animal genetics<br>could offer new crime clues</b></i> Animal and plant genetics to provide crime clues
Scientists from the Czech Institute of Criminalistics have launched a five-year project to develop ways of identifying those present at crime scenes using 'non-human genetics' including plant and animal DNA.
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Defying investigation
At first glance, some cases can seem to have no logical explanation – such as a mystery severed foot showing up in a park. Even though no DNA could be taken from the body part, detectives explain how the source was identified.
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