Amazon calling….

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Well, I’ve done it again.  I got sucked into visiting Amazon and ended up buying two books.  I’m a sucker and my own worst enemy.  I recently attended a couple of meetings at a publishers and I decided that my dream job would be to be their Receptionist – she is surrounded by beautifully presented (read more)

Human Provenance Pilot Project – "Science" response

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Read, and form your own opinion…. Scientists Decry “Flawed” and “Horrifying” Nationality Tests Adapted from a version appearing in Science By John Travis CAMBRIDGE, UNITED KINGDOM—Scientists are greeting with surprise and dismay a project to use DNA and isotope analysis of tissue from asylum seekers to evaluate their nationality and help decide who can enter (read more)

DNA and asylum seekers

Monday, October 5th, 2009

This article is from (the online version of two of the major broadsheet newspapers).  Apparently, Sir Alec Jeffreys, one of the scientists who pioneered DNA, is none too impressed.  Sir Alec’s response will be added in a separate post.  Along this topic, New Zealand does not routinely collect and store DNA results on a (read more)

"Cervical cancer vaccine likely not cause of death"

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Although not directly related to forensic science, this is a topic I’ve heard discussed alot recently amongst parents of girls.  It’s an interesting wee article and I’ll be interested to see what happens in the future regarding uptake of the vaccine in New Zealand – will it be another (unfounded) case of autism-v-vaccination? “Glaxo’s Vaccine (read more)

A "weekend in Amsterdam" will take on a new meaning…

Monday, October 5th, 2009

As soon as someone in the UK says they’re off for a weekend to Amsterdam, eyebrows go up because we all know what they’re up to – no, not necessarily to see the Ladies of the Night but off to get stoned in a coffee shop (let’s face it, they don’t usually move from the (read more)

This should help increase blood alcohol casework…

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

The article below was published by the BBC today and it deals with the release by a brewery of a beer that contains 18.2% alcohol by volume.  Over the years I have written reports for thousands of drink driving cases.  I also spent 8 years at University and many months travelling around overseas.  All in all, I’ve (read more)

Michael Crichton – Next

Friday, September 25th, 2009

An extract from Michael Crichton’s Next, 2006: “The ultimate lesson is that science isn’t special – at least not anymore.  Maybe back when Einstein talked to Niels Bohr, and there were only a few dozen important workers in every field.  But there are now three million researchers in America.  It’s no longer a calling, it’s (read more)

Cold case review solves 30 year old murder

Friday, September 25th, 2009

There has been quite a bit of adverse publicity recently surrounding the reliability of forensic science, including DNA (consider: the US review of forensic science; the use, or not, of LCN DNA in the UK; the execution of a Texas man for a murder for which he was later found not to be guilty) this (read more)

Update on US review of forensic science

Friday, September 25th, 2009

From “Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on Strengthening Forensic Science 18 September 2009 The U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary recently held a further hearing on problems in forensic science. The hearing continues the investigation from March of this year on the standards of forensic science, which focused on a February National Academy of (read more)

Forensic Science Service IT overhaul

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Assuming this report is accurate, the first thing that springs to mind are the 800 job losses that are expected at the Forensic Science Service. “UK Forensics has £3 million IT overhaul September 23, 2009, Britain’s Forensic Science Service (FSS) is said to have experienced an increase in efficiency and cost-effectiveness as a result (read more)

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