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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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Microbial DNA
A new method of forensic identification, based on the bacteria that populate a person’s skin, has the potential to bolster cases where conventional DNA and other more traditional forms of identification cannot be obtained.
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Tased and confused?
A study that involved Tasering students to see how they later recollected events has proposed that evidence gained in an interview may be subject to challenge.
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<b><i>DNA profiling technique faces<br>global veracity tests</b></i> LCN DNA technique faces international tests
Fresh controversy is set to erupt over the use of a DNA profiling technique that is capable of identifying suspects from trace amounts of genetic material, such as the skin cells and sweat left behind when someone touches a door handle.
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<b><i>The UK is biggest digital<br>forensics market in Europe Digital forensics market set to grow by more than 125 per cent by 2020
The market for digital forensic services is growing faster in the UK than anywhere else in Europe because levels of cybercrime are significantly higher here than elsewhere, according to a market research report compiled by strategic business consultancy IndustryARC.
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Paul Hackett ‘Era of waiting days for DNA results is over’
A DNA profiling service that radically reduces the time taken for the processing of mouth swab samples is now available to forces across the UK.
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Lack of leadership experience a concern during PCC transition
Police authorities are preparing well for incoming police and crime commissioners (PCCs) but vacancies may leave PCCs short of experience in leadership during transition, according to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC).
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Putting teeth into forensic science
In a large natural disaster or in an unsolved murder case, knowing the
birth date of an individual can guide forensic investigators to the
correct identity among a large number of possible victims.

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E-disclosure and forensics
Computer forensics is necessarily a new science. It has two broad
components – the application of technological skills and equipment to
the preservation and collection of electronic data from computers and
other electronic devices; and the interpretation of the results of that
collection to help lawyers and law enforcement bodies to make use of it
in civil or criminal proceedings. The key element is the integrity of
the findings. Anyone involved with presenting any form of digital
evidence must be sure that the final document presented in a court
bundle or on a screen is identical in every way to the original item
and be able to prove that, as James Kent and Chris Dale explain.

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Applying virtual ID
When skeletal remains require urgent identification, the ability to use
the virtual services of experts at the end of an email can be extremely
effective. Lucina Hackman and Sue Black explain more about bones@dundee.

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