All posts tagged with forensics

Link: So easy to match DNA to names

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Forensic genealogy is now mainstream. From Bloomberg Businessweek, a report by Kristen Brown: “A Researcher Needed Three Hours to Identify Me From My DNA”.

DNA genealogy and forensic cold cases

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This year there have been some amazing new leads in “cold cases” by using a new kind of DNA approach, using public genealogy websites to look for people who ...

A visit to the world’s largest body farm

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Vox writer Joseph Stromberg visited the Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State University, and has written an in-depth description of his visit: “The sc...

The DNA portrait artist

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Twitter gets results! A group of geneticists (honestly, including me) were kvetching on Twitter about this NPR story: “Litterbugs Beware: Turning Found DNA I...

Alfred, possibly not under a car park

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So after they found the bones of Richard III under a parking lot, now everybody is apparently going crazy to dig up bones under parking lots, churchyards, un...

The Mayflower criminal registry

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Of some interest with respect to DNA databases and privacy concerns: “DNA links 1991 killing to Colonial-era family”.

Body donation is a weighty matter

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Barbara King gives a shout-out to the Forensic Anthropology Center at the University of Tennessee (“Cremation, burial, or Body Farm?”).

Oetzi's curse

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I did not know there was an iceman mummy curse:

Neandertal band of brothers

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Carles Lalueza-Fox and colleagues Lalueza-Fox:patrilocal:2010 have a new analysis of the mitochondrial DNA from El Sidrón, Spain. The site has a minimum numb...

Charlemagne the tall

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I found an interesting, short paper doing a bit of forensic investigation on Charlemagne Ruhli:Charlemagne:2010:

DNA arrest database

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In yesterday’s DNA news, the U.S. House of Representatives wants to pay for an expansion of federal DNA databases to include all arrestees:

The Neandertal fraction

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I’ve gotten the same question a few times, and have seen it elsewhere, so I thought it would be worth a short post to explain it. And for those readers who’v...

Bill Bass profile

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A local Knoxville paper did a story last month on anthropologist Bill Bass. Bass is probably best-known for his efforts to establish the “Facility,” otherwis...

Forensic facial reconstruction profile

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The BBC has a profile of forensic anthropologist Caroline Wilkinson, which has a nice little review of some new computerized facial reconstruction techniques: