Lifting fingermarks from a crime scene often destroys the DNA they can contain.
Your hair can reveal how much you drink, whether you smoke or take drugs, and perhaps even how stressed you are.
A bit of advice for any criminals inspired to try and edit their own genes – it's unlikely to work, and it may present health risks.
Our ability to reconstruct physical features from DNA is advancing, but can we ensure the privacy of "anonymised" genetic data if we can predict the face of its owner?
We're at the point in DNA technology where individuals who – having parted with $99 and a small vial of saliva – may suddenly find themselves in a criminal investigation.
Research is increasingly proving fingerprints can be used for much more than identifying people.
Facial recognition software isn't ready for face-in-a-crowd applications. Specialist police officers are far superior at spotting criminals.
New evidence points to a possible burial site for South Australia's Beaumont children, missing for 52 years. Specialist techniques will be applied to extract and sequence DNA if remains are found.
Fingerprinting is a valuable police tool for tracking down suspects, but it's not perfect. However, we can reduce the risk of any mistaken identity if we work within the limits of fingerprinting.
From the man who gave away his genome under open consent, to the 'Mathematikado', this episode of the podcast features highlights from the British Science Festival in Brighton.
If only DNA samples and microfibres made crimes as easy to solve as on CSI.
Genetic evidence has become a critical aspect of modern criminal investigations. What are the methods and approaches used in present-day DNA forensics?
Blood-detection dogs work paw in hand with scientists and Australia's police to solve crimes and missing persons cases.
We live in a probabilistic world. The courts need to catch up – and start training juries in statistics.
Forensics has a way to go before it's a mature, academic science. Attorney General Jeff Sessions just terminated an independent commission charged with helping it get there.
Is forensic science an oxymoron? A new White House report suggests there are major issues with many of the forensic disciplines used to convict defendants of crimes in the U.S.
Researchers have created a new kind of 'drugalyser' that's less likely to give false positive readings.
Using terrestrial forensic science to point the finger of blame to criminals in space will be much harder than it looks.
New plastic banknotes pose a challenge to forensic scientists that clever chemistry can solve.
Move over, DNA profilers. Scientists are developing a potentially more powerful technique to identify criminals from their hair.