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Forensic Science Service Being Used For Casework

Forensic Science Service Being Used For Casework

Forensic Science; Conventional DNA profiling typically involves five steps: DNA extraction, quantification, amplification, capillary electrophoresis and analysis. The multiple sample processing steps result in the loss of DNA, which is undesirable in a forensic environment. Direct PCR amplification, also referred to as direct PCR and direct amplification, is a method in which a portion of…

Lower Firearms Related Death Rate Among Children

Lower Firearms Related Death Rate Among Children

Firearms; States with stricter firearms laws had lower firearm related deaths among children and adolescents, finds research led by faculty at Children’s National in Washington, D.C. Furthermore, state laws that had been in place for more than five years requiring universal background checks for firearm purchases with a 35% lower firearm-related death rate among children.…

Forensic Submissions Is The Most Serious Crimes

Flow Of Forensic Submissions Is The Most Serious Crimes

Forensic submissions; Britain’s largest private forensics provider has paid a ransom to hackers after its IT systems were brought to a standstill by a cyber-attack, it has been reported. Eurofins, which is thought to carry out about half of all private forensic analysis; was target in a ransomware attack on 2 June; which the company…

Criminal Responsibility to be lowered to 12

The Age Of Criminal Responsibility Is Relatively High

The alleged rape of a woman by a group of teenagers in the city of Mulheim has shock Germany and sparked a debate about the age of criminal responsibility. Five boys three 14-year-olds and two aged 12 were detained by police on Friday night in relation to a “grave sexual crime”. An 18-year-old woman was…

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Forensic Science Doesn’t Provide Trustworthy Evidence

In this study Forensic science is under attack. A string of recent collapsed trials and quashed convictions that relied on forensic evidence have led some experts to say the field is in crisis. Several US and UK government reports over the last few years have highlighted and condemned failings in the use of forensic science. And there is…

Economic Hardship Strongly Associated With Drug Related Deaths

Economic Hardship Strongly Associated With Drug Related Deaths

Economic hardship; Growing rates of incarceration in the USA since the mid-1970s may be linked with a rise in drug-related mortality, and may exacerbate the harmful health effects of economic hardship, according to an observational study involving 2,640 US counties between 1983 and 2014, published in The Lancet Public Healthjournal. Major increases in admissions rates to…

Police Shooting Racial Disparities Reflect Segregation

Police Shooting Racial Disparities Reflect Segregation

Police Shooting; Racial residential segregation is the predominant factor that explains why some cities have greater racial disparities in fatal police shootings than others, according to a new study by Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) researchers published in the Journal of the National Medical Association. Victims of police shooting “Interventions such as inherent…

Forensic Pathology unit closing as death investigations move

Forensic Pathology Unit Closing As Death Investigations

Forensic pathology is being pulled out of Hamilton altogether over the next year and moved to Toronto. By July 15, half of the cases will have already transferred out of the regional unit that does death investigations in Hamilton, Niagara, Haldimand, Norfolk, Brant and Dufferin. All that will be left at Hamilton General Hospital are…

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Forensic Science Is Used To Solves Stone Age Murder Mystery

Forensic Science; In this study Researchers have used forensic science to crack one of the oldest cold cases in history the murder of an early modern human who lived in Europe more than 30,000 years ago. The skull of Cioclovina man has long been mysterious. It was discovered during the second world war, in 1941,…

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Forensic Investigation Into The Bones Began In Rock Pool Of Australia

Forensic Investigation; In this study jawbone with only a single tooth was plucked from a rock pool at a popular Australian beach. A painstaking search revealed another 400 fragments of human bones along the shoreline. But 18 months later, Australian investigators have been unable to uncover the identity of the beachside bones. Images of the…

Fingerprinting method in a single microchip

Fingerprinting Analysis To Perform A Rapid On Site DNA Screening

Fingerprinting; Human DNA fingerprinting is currently almost exclusively performed based on short tandem repeat (STR) region identifcation. Because of the highly polymorphic nature of these repetitive sequences, very distinctive profles can be generated from minute amounts of DNA allowing discrimination of different individuals. Hence, a global consensus to use specific STR loci was agree upon,…

Psychiatric And Wellness

Psychiatric And Wellness Facilities To Inspire Hopes

Psychiatric And Wellness; It’s 1 p.m. on a balmy Oakland afternoon as residents of Great Expectations Residential Care, a home for people with mental illness, gather in an activity room for a game of bingo. Lee Frierson, an unpaid volunteer, introduces himself as he and his team leader, Charlie Jones, unpack chips, soda, batteries and…