DNA profiling is one of the most reliable techniques we have, but it can be misused.
‘This is going to affect how we determine time since death’: how studying body donors in the bush is changing forensic science.
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On the outskirts of Sydney, in a secret bushland location, lies what's officially known as the Australian Facility for Taphonomic Experimental Research. In books or movies, it'd be called a body farm.
Despite privacy concerns over police use of DNA uploaded to ancestry websites, many people are just excited that their genetic material could get a killer off the streets.
A failure to introduce robust science means forensic science has reached crisis point. The UK has to act now to address this threat to justice.
UK forensic science and technology is lurching from crisis to crisis. A fundamental reform of governance and policy making is needed.
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Police have powerful new genetic tools. How are we going to regulate their use? A Genetic Data Protection Act is one solution to ensure confidence in the way DNA is accessed and used.
Self-examination DNA collection techniques can help women bring the perpetrators of sexual violence to justice.
Scavengers play an important but often poorly understood role in how fast bodies decompose.
Analysing the words used to place blame or give evidence can change how we see a situation.
One hundred years after its capture from the battle fields of France, the last German battle tank of its kind is giving up its secrets to archeologists and forensic analysis.
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.
If an undocumented migrant is a minor or an adult can have far-reaching implications. A forensic anthropologist explains why relying solely on dental X-rays to determine age doesn't work.
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.
Insights and approaches drawn from anthropology could be a useful part of the toolkit for a cop trying to catch a killer.
Facial recognition software isn't ready for face-in-a-crowd applications. Specialist police officers are far superior at spotting criminals.