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Study Reveals Forensic Facial Examiners Can Be Near Perfect
In what might be the first face-off of its kind, trained forensics examiners from the FBI and law enforcement agencies worldwide were far more accurate in identifying faces in photographs than nonexperts and even computers.
Ancestral Background Can Be Determined By Fingerprints
A proof-of-concept study finds that it is possible to identify an individual’s ancestral background based on his or her fingerprint characteristics – a discovery with significant applications for law enforcement and anthropological research.
CSI -- On The Metabolite's Trail
Bioinformaticians at the University of Jena make the most efficient search engine for molecular structures available online.
Study Finds People Emit Their Own Personal Microbial Cloud
We each give off millions of bacteria from our human microbiome to the air around us every day, and that cloud of bacteria can be traced back to an individual.
Blood, Teeth Samples Predict a Criminal's Age
Forensic biomedical scientists from KU Leuven have developed a test to predict individuals’ age on the basis of blood or teeth samples. This test may be particularly useful for the police, as it can help track down criminals or identify human remains.
Contactless Fingerprint Technology is Coming
Quickly moving through security checkpoints by showing your hand to a scanner seems straight out of science fiction, but NIST is working with industry to bring fast, touchless fingerprint readers out of the lab and into the marketplace.
Determining the Age of Fingerprints
Watch the imprint of a tire track in soft mud, and it will slowly blur, the ridges of the pattern gradually flowing into the valleys. Researchers have tested the theory that a similar effect could be used to give forensic scientists a way to date fingerprints.
Yorkshire Scientists Could Hold Key to Preventing Future Horsemeat Scandals
Incidents like the horse meat scandal, which caused extensive damage to the UK’s farming and retail industry, could be consigned to the past thanks to revolutionary technology developed in the UK.
Was Shakespeare high?
State-of-the-art forensic technology from South Africa has been used to try and unravel the mystery of what was smoked in tobacco pipes found in the Stratford-upon-Avon garden of British playwright William Shakespeare.
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.
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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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