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Trilobites: Your Phone Carries Chemical Clues About You, but There Are Limits to Using Them

Trilobites: Your Phone Carries Chemical Clues About You, but There Are Limits to Using Them

Researchers found that we leave, “molecular lifestyle signatures,” on our mobile phones. But some forensic scientists and legal experts question whether such information could ever be used in court.
Trilobites: Your Phone Carries Chemical Clues About You, but There Are Limits to Using Them

Trilobites: Your Phone Carries Chemical Clues About You, but There Are Limits to Using Them

Researchers found that we leave, “molecular lifestyle signatures,” on our mobile phones. But some forensic scientists and legal experts question whether such information could ever be used in court.
Trilobites: Your Phone Carries Chemical Clues About You, but There Are Limits to Using Them

Trilobites: Your Phone Carries Chemical Clues About You, but There Are Limits to Using Them

Researchers found that we leave, “molecular lifestyle signatures,” on our mobile phones. But some forensic scientists and legal experts question whether such information could ever be used in court.
Despite Ban, Invasive Virginity Tests Remain Prevalent in Afghanistan

Despite Ban, Invasive Virginity Tests Remain Prevalent in Afghanistan

Dr. Khalil Ahmad Pashtoonyar, deputy director of the Afghan government’s Forensic Medicine Directorate in Kabul, where female virginity testing takes place.
Family DNA Searches Seen as Crime-Solving Tool, and Intrusion on Rights

Family DNA Searches Seen as Crime-Solving Tool, and Intrusion on Rights

Philip Vetrano on the path in Queens where his daughter Karina was jogging when she was killed last year. Mr. Vetrano has urged the use of familial DNA searches.
Family DNA Searches Seen as Crime-Solving Tool, and Intrusion on Rights

Family DNA Searches Seen as Crime-Solving Tool, and Intrusion on Rights

Philip Vetrano on the path in Queens where his daughter Karina was jogging when she was killed last year. Mr. Vetrano has urged the use of familial DNA searches.

Maggot Mystery

Forensic scientists have used X-ray video to reveal the most intense one and a half hours in the transformation of "CSI's" favorite insect from maggot to adult blowfly.

ScienceTake: Maggot to Blowfly: Ready for Its Close-Up

With X-ray video and microscopic CT scans scientists have recorded in detail the metamorphosis of a forensic science favorite — the blowfly.
Conflicting Views on a Wider Police Use of DNA

Conflicting Views on a Wider Police Use of DNA

A memorial for Karina Vetrano at the site where she was strangled in August in Howard Beach, Queens. Her case stymied investigators for months. Ms. Vetrano’s parents have advocated a technique called
Vocations: Forensic Files, Veterinary Version

Vocations: Forensic Files, Veterinary Version

Robert Reisman is part of a team that investigates animal cruelty and assists in the prosecution of the offenders.
Texas Lawmaker Proposes Crowdfunding to Tackle Backlog of Rape Kits

Texas Lawmaker Proposes Crowdfunding to Tackle Backlog of Rape Kits

Vials of evidence from a sexual assault case in a biology lab at the Houston Forensic Science Center in 2015.
About New York: Another Reprieve for Expert Testimony That Is Anything But

About New York: Another Reprieve for Expert Testimony That Is Anything But

Dental molds used in forensic dentistry research at the University at Buffalo. A federal commission on forensic science set up in 2013 is being shut down.

Arkansas Court Rulings Put State’s Execution Schedule in Doubt

After one court issued a stay and another said the state couldn’t use one of its lethal injection drugs, it wasn’t clear whether any of the planned executions would happen.
Robert Sadoff, Psychiatrist Who Assessed Murder Defendants, Dies at 81

Robert Sadoff, Psychiatrist Who Assessed Murder Defendants, Dies at 81

Dr. Robert L. Sadoff in an undated photograph from The Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.
Robert Sadoff, Psychiatrist Who Assessed Murder Defendants, Dies at 81

Robert Sadoff, Psychiatrist Who Assessed Murder Defendants, Dies at 81

Dr. Robert L. Sadoff in an undated photograph from The Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.

The Back Story on Bad Forensic Science

With the Trump administration’s move to end a commission investigating flaws in forensic science, Retro Report looks at the history of one now-challenged method: hair analysis.

Retro Report: A Closer Look at the Evidence

The Justice Department is adopting a new strategy for forensics procedures, ending a study panel created by President Barack Obama. What will that mean for criminal trials?
Mustache Intact, Salvador Dalí’s Remains Are Exhumed in Paternity Suit

Mustache Intact, Salvador Dalí’s Remains Are Exhumed in Paternity Suit

Workers carrying the coffin that was used during the exhumation of the artist Salvador Dalí at his museum in Figueres, Spain, on Thursday.
Missouri Governor Grants Stay Hours Before Execution

Missouri Governor Grants Stay Hours Before Execution

Marcellus Williams had been scheduled to be killed by lethal injection in Missouri on Tuesday night. His lawyers say new evidence shows he is innocent.