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Portable Kit Can Recover Traces of Chemical Evidence
A chemist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed a portable version of his method for recovering trace chemicals such as environmental pollutants and forensic evidence including secret graves and arson fire debris.
Forensics Professor Detects Blood on Revolutionary War Projectiles
More than 230 years after the Revolutionary War ended, Edinboro University professor of forensic science Dr. Ted Yeshion has found the presence of blood on buckshot recovered from a battlefield in upstate New York.
Single Molecule Detection of Contaminants, Explosives or Diseases
A technique that combines the ultrasensitivity of surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) with a slippery surface invented by Penn State researchers will make it feasible to detect single molecules of a number of chemical and biological species from gaseous, liquid or solid samples.
Potential New Tool for Forensic Science
Microbial communities associated with humans tick in predictable, clock-like succession following death.
Perfecting Age Estimations Under 25
The Idaho State University Department of Anthropology has received a $510,409 grant from the National Institute of Justice to develop forensic science techniques to better identify individuals under 25 years of age for criminal justice purposes.
Identifying Gender from a Fingerprint
Culprits beware, a University at Albany research group, led by assistant chemistry professor Jan Halámek, is taking crime scene fingerprint identification to a new level.
Viruses, Too, Are Our Fingerprint
A group of researchers from the University of Helsinki and the University of Edinburgh have been the first to find the genetic material of a human virus from old human bones.
Questioning the Validity of Forensic DNA Match Statistic
Fifteen years of criminal cases with affected mixture evidence.
Study Raises Questions About DNA Evidence
University of Indianapolis researchers say contamination through secondary transfer of material could implicate the innocent or help the guilty go free.
'Forensic Toolkit’ to Improve Evidence Detection and Analysis
Students from The University of Dundee have been developing a forensic `toolkit’ that will allow investigators to determine the age of fingerprints, detect traces of steel on bone from stabbings, and produce a biosensitive spray that can reveal traces of bodily fluids at crime scenes.
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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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