Daily Archives: October 25, 2012
The next generation of biometrics – from rapid DNA analysis to social networking – revealed at Biometrics 2012
At Biometrics 2012 [Westminster, London, 29-31 October 2012], more than 50 top international speakers will convene to reveal how biometric technology such as fingerprint, facial and iris recognition, and the latest technologies such as DNA and odour, is being used to identify individuals.
Television show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation has given the career of forensic scientist the sort of attention it might not otherwise have had.
In Sydney, much of the forensic work for NSW Police is done in a lab in Lidcombe, where Todd McBriar leads a team of 22 analysts dealing with up to 300 cases a month.
The identity of a body exhumed in Chur cathedral and thought to be that of the 17th century freedom fighter Jürg Jenatsch remains unresolved, despite the efforts of an international team of scientists using DNA analysis.
Police like to insist the reality of forensic work during crime investigations is nothing like the slick, fast process shown on US TV shows like CSI – but real life is catching up with fiction.
The wet vacuum made by Jared Bradley’s company was designed to suck bacteria off food — until he described it to his FBI friend, who coveted such a tool for crime scene investigation.
Now Sorenson Forensics, a private DNA-testing lab that aids Utah law enforcement, is using the M-Vac to suck up DNA from crime scene evidence to help close cases. They have already used Microbial-Vac Systems’ vacuum — a little blue and white nozzle hooked to a larger machine on wheels that filters and stores the collected evidence — on at least three cases in the state, said Cami Green, sales manager for the lab.