Daily Archives: April 22, 2015

Kudos on tackling rape-kit backlog

old DNACollecting forensic evidence from a rape victim takes two to six hours at a time when most of us would want nothing more than a hot shower and to crawl under our own covers.
The payoff is that the evidence, especially DNA, can not only confirm a suspect’s identity or that a sexual assault occurred but also solve other crimes — if it’s ever tested by a laboratory.

BMC develops protocol for preserving forensic evidence after a terrorist attack

DNA in a test tubeBoston Medical Center (BMC) pathologists have developed a set of protocols for processing and preserving forensic evidence, such as shrapnel, bullets and other projectiles, in surgical specimens (i.e. amputated limbs, injured organs, etc.) after a terrorist attack based on lessons learned from the Boston Marathon bombing. Their findings are published online in advance of print in the Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

Forensic science: The soil sleuth

DawsonForensic geologist Lorna Dawson has pioneered methods to help convict criminals using the dirt from their shoes.