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DNA Could Put a Face to the Crime in the Future
An Irish geneticist is pioneering forensic techniques that can estimate a person’s appearance from a DNA sample.
Fingerprint Accuracy Stays The Same Over Time
Researchers have shown that fingerprint recognition accuracy remains stable in subjects apprehended multiple times over a period of 5 to 12 years.
Teeth Reveal Lifetime Exposures to Metals, Toxins
Researchers have identified dental biomarkers to reveal links between early iron exposure and late life brain diseases.
Better DNA Analysis for Catching Criminals
A simple, lower-cost new method for DNA profiling of human hairs developed by the University of Adelaide should improve opportunities to link criminals to serious crimes.
The Perfect Partnership: Research & Industry; Software & Instrumentation. It really starts to come together at ASMS 2015
Collaboration and knowledge-sharing were evident everywhere: on the bus, in the hallways and in the bars. This article aims to capture this theme and share with you some of the fruits of this coming together of science and industry.
Are Microbes the Future of Forensic Science?
Forget checking for latent prints or impression evidence, forensic scientists of the future might use skin microbiology to pin a suspect at the crime scene.
New Test Detects Drug Use From A Single Fingerprint
Research published in the journal Analyst has demonstrated a new, non-invasive test that can detect cocaine use through a simple fingerprint.
Potential Forensic Uses for Human Microbiome
A recent study suggests microbial communities found on or in some sites in an individual's body can be used as fingerprint-like identifiers.
Crime Scene Discovery – Separating The DNA Of Identical Twins
Forensic scientist Dr Graham Williams uncovers one of the DNA’s longstanding mysteries.
‘Fracture’ Prints, Not Fingerprints, Help Solve Child Abuse Cases
Much like a finger leaves its own unique print to help identify a person, researchers are now discovering that skull fractures leave certain signatures that can help investigators better determine what caused the injury.
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Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
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The Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine provides a forum for the rapid publication of topical articles on legal medicine and all clinical aspects of forensic medicine and related specialities. The Journal carries definitive reviews, original communications, hypotheses, learning points of important issues, offering critical analysis and scientific appraisal. All submissions are peer-reviewed by at least two independent reviewers, and the Journal is listed in MEDLINE/Index Medicus.
All aspects of legal medicine, the coronial system and the medical principles of care and forensic assessment of living individuals, whether adult or child, in contact with the judicial system are examined and the Journal has a broad international perspective.

Topics covered in the journal include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following, particularly with relevance to the clinical setting:

•    forensic medicine
•    forensic pathology
•    forensic science
•    forensic toxicology
•    forensic odontology
•    forensic anthropology
•    forensic psychiatry
•    forensic genetics
•    death and care in custody
•    training, forensic nursing
•    occupational health of police, fitness to interview
•    death investigation and causes of death
•    forensic medicine national systems
•    human identification
•    entomology and palynology
•    taphonomy
•    mental health
•    criminology, profiling
•    child abuse and neglect
•    interpersonal violence, assault and injury, personal injury, elder abuse, domestic violence
•    sexual assault
•    suicide, parasuicide and deliberate self-harm
•    restraint injuries
•    drug and alcohol misuse
•    drink and drug driving
•    traffic medicine, transportation medicine, refugee and asylum medicine
•    medical law, medical ethics
•    euthanasia and end of life issues
•    consent
•    confidentiality
•    clinical negligence
•    professional regulation
•    patients'complaints procedures
•    medical disciplinary procedures
•    the coronial system
•    clinical governance
•    clinical risk management
•    clinical performance review procedures
•    criminal charges arising from clinical practice such as murder, manslaughter and indecent assault
•    the sick doctor
•    the validation, licensing and certification of doctors
•    mass disaster, war graves
•    torture
•    extra-judicial deaths
•    human rights

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