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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631109/increasing-the-reach-of-forensic-genetics-with-massively-parallel-sequencing
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Bruce Budowle, Sarah E Schmedes, Frank R Wendt
The field of forensic genetics has made great strides in the analysis of biological evidence related to criminal and civil matters. More so, the discipline has set a standard of performance and quality in the forensic sciences. The advent of massively parallel sequencing will allow the field to expand its capabilities substantially. This review describes the salient features of massively parallel sequencing and how it can impact forensic genetics. The features of this technology offer increased number and types of genetic markers that can be analyzed, higher throughput of samples, and the capability of targeting different organisms, all by one unifying methodology...
June 19, 2017: Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625099/toxicology-in-clinical-laboratories-challenging-times
#2
N W Brown
In recent years, there have been a number of significant developments in toxicology within clinical laboratories, both with the available instrumentation and in the range of compounds abused by the drug using communities. There have also been developments in the regulation of forensic science in the UK which may in time impact clinical toxicology. This review is designed to provide an update of these changes within toxicology to the more general pathology laboratory audience. For detailed information in specific areas, the reader is referred to the references in the text...
June 19, 2017: British Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622536/peer-review-in-forensic-science
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REVIEW
Kaye N Ballantyne, Gary Edmond, Bryan Found
Peer review features prominently in the forensic sciences. Drawing on recent research and studies, this article examines different types of peer review, specifically: editorial peer review; peer review by the scientific community; technical and administrative review; and verification (and replication). The article reviews the different meanings of these quite disparate activities and their utility in relation to enhancing performance and reducing error. It explains how forensic practitioners should approach and use peer review, as well as how it should be described in expert reports and oral testimony...
May 25, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621570/forensic-science-and-forensic-pathology-quality-standards-and-risks
#4
Gillian Tully
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 1, 2017: Medico-legal Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619308/what-the-public-think-about-hypnosis-and-hypnotherapy-a-narrative-review-of-literature-covering-opinions-and-attitudes-of-the-general-public-1996-2016
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REVIEW
Matthew Krouwel, Kate Jolly, Sheila Greenfield
OBJECTIVES: To describe the public's understanding of hypnosis and openness to hypnotherapy. METHODS: A comprehensive search of English language peer reviewed journal articles from 1st January 1996-11th March 2016 was performed over 9 databases (Medline, PubMed, PsycARTICLES, CINAHL, Embase (excerpta medica), PsychInfo, Cochrane, Science citation index-expanded, Conference citation index) and a title-only search of Google scholar. 39 keyword combinations were employed: hypnosis, hypnotherapy, hypnotic, perception, beliefs, knowledge, view, opinion and understanding, in singular and plural where appropriate...
June 2017: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614757/the-diagnostic-value-of-anthropometric-indices-of-maxillary-sinuses-for-sex-determination-using-ct-scan-images-in-iranian-adults-a-cross-sectional-study
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Mitra Akhlaghi, Khadijeh Bakhtavar, Artin Kamali, Jaleh Maarefdoost, Ardeshir Sheikhazadi, Farinaz Mousavi, Seyed Hossein Saberi Anary, Elham Sheikhazadi
BACKGROUND: The identification of human remains is an essential part of forensic science. Studying paranasal sinuses is very useful in identification of mutilated or burnt bodies from accidents such as plane crashes. We aimed to assess the diagnostic value of anthropometric indices of maxillary sinuses for sex determination using CT-scan images in Iranian adults. METHODS: CT-scan slices of 228 maxillary sinuses (from 144 men and 144 women) were studied. The maximum height, maximum anterior-posterior diameter, maximum width, and maximum distance between the sinuses were measured in both sexes...
July 2017: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609127/finding-closure-continuing-bonds-and-codentification-after-the-9-11-attacks
#7
Victor Toom
In this article, I'm interested in the 2,750 victims of the 9/11 attacks in New York City. I consider two connected issues. The first regards bereavement journeys of victims' families and the significance of receiving a body to bury vis-à-vis the normative assignment to find closure. The second issue I address is how forensic experts, their technologies and managing protocols interact with victims' families and their emotions. Using insights from Science and Technology Studies, I articulate some of the goods and bads of identification practices, and argue for extensive communication and cooperation between experts and victims' families...
June 13, 2017: Medical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606338/forensic-intelligence-applied-to-questioned-document-analysis-a-model-and-its-application-against-organized-crime
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Josep De Alcaraz-Fossoul, Katherine A Roberts
The capability of forensic sciences to fight crime, especially against organized criminal groups, becomes relevant in the recent economic downturn and the war on terrorism. In view of these societal challenges, the methods of combating crime should experience critical changes in order to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the current resources available. It is obvious that authorities have serious difficulties combating criminal groups of transnational nature. These are characterized as well structured organizations with international connections, abundant financial resources and comprised of members with significant and diverse expertise...
July 2017: Science & Justice: Journal of the Forensic Science Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604832/insects-and-associated-arthropods-analyzed-during-medicolegal-death-investigations-in-harris-county-texas-usa-january-2013-april-2016
#9
Michelle R Sanford
The application of insect and arthropod information to medicolegal death investigations is one of the more exacting applications of entomology. Historically limited to homicide investigations, the integration of full time forensic entomology services to the medical examiner's office in Harris County has opened up the opportunity to apply entomology to a wide variety of manner of death classifications and types of scenes to make observations on a number of different geographical and species-level trends in Harris County, Texas, USA...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594204/taking-forensic-mental-health-assessment-out-of-the-lab-and-into-the-real-world-introduction-to-the-special-issue-on-the-field-utility-of-forensic-assessment-instruments-and-procedures
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John F Edens, Marcus T Boccaccini
The last several decades have seen a major upswing in the development and use of psychological assessment instruments in forensic and correctional settings. At the same time, admissibility standards increasingly have stressed the importance of the reliability and validity of evidence in legal proceedings. Recent research has, however, raised serious concerns about (a) the reliability of forensic science evidence in general, (b) the replicability of psychological research findings in general and in field settings especially, and (c) the interrater reliability and predictive validity of forensic psychological assessment evidence in particular...
June 2017: Psychological Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584777/dental-and-skeletal-age-estimations-in-lebanese-children-a-retrospective-cross-sectional-study
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Antoine Saadé, Pascal Baron, Ziad Noujeim, Dany Azar
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: Assessing dental and bone ages is frequently required in a wide range of fields such as odontology, forensic science, as well as orthopedics. The aim of this study was to evaluate applicability of two methods of bone age assessment and two methods of dental age (DA) assessment for Lebanese children. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Skeletal age (SA) of 260 orthodontic patients (124 males, 136 females divided into four groups each) was consecutively assessed using Greulich and Pyle and Fishman's SMI methods...
May 2017: Journal of International Society of Preventive & Community Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584469/pattern-self-repetition-of-fingerprints-lip-prints-and-palatal-rugae-among-three-generations-of-family-a-forensic-approach-to-identify-family-hierarchy
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Sankeerti Mala, Vanita Rathod, Siddharth Pundir, Sudhanshu Dixit
CONTEXT: The unique pattern and structural diversity of fingerprints, lip prints, palatal rugae, and their occurrence in different patterns among individuals make it questionable whether they are completely unique even in a family hierarchy? Do they have any repetition of the patterns among the generations? Or is this a mere chaos theory? AIMS: The present study aims to assess the pattern self-repetition of fingerprints, lip prints, and palatal rugae among three generations of ten different families...
January 2017: Journal of Forensic Dental Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584466/morphometric-analysis-of-mandibular-ramus-for-sex-determination-on-digital-orthopantomogram
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Chandramani Bhagwan More, Ritika Vijayvargiya, Nairita Saha
BACKGROUND: Identification of sex from skeletal remains is an important tool in forensic science. Mandibular ramus can be used for sex determination either on dry mandible or through orthopantomogram (OPG). AIM: To determine the sex from mandibular ramus using digital OPG. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The morphometric analysis was conducted on mandibular ramus of 1000 digital OPG using Kodak Master View version 4.3 software. Statistical analysis was performed, and independent t-test and discriminant function were applied...
January 2017: Journal of Forensic Dental Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574865/the-regional-autopsy-center-the-university-of-alabama-at-birmingham-experience
#14
Daniel Stephen Atherton, Stephanie Reilly
Rates of autopsied deaths have decreased significantly for the last several decades. It may not be practical for some institutions to maintain the facilities and staffing required to perform autopsies. In recent years, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) has established contracts to perform autopsies for several regional institutions including the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences (ADFS), the United States Veterans Affairs, the local prison system, local community hospitals, and with families for private autopsy services...
June 2, 2017: American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560189/systematic-analysis-of-palatal-rugae-pattern-for-use-in-human-identification-between-two-different-populations
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Radhika Kalyani Kommalapati, Deepthi Katuri, Kiran Kumar Kattappagari, Lalith Prakash Chandra Kantheti, Rajasekhar Babu Murakonda, Chandra Sekhar Poosarla, Ravi Teja Chitturi, Sridhar Reddy Gontu, Venkata Ramana Reddy Baddam
BACKGROUND: Forensic odontology plays important role in identification of human remains in mass disasters such as air crash, tsunami, and accidents. Palatal rugae act as an ideal requisite for human identification as they are present in all victims and are resistant to changes such as aging and trauma. The study aimed to analyze differences in shape and number of palatal rugae in population from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states. METHODS: This study was conducted in SIBAR institute of Dental Sciences, Guntur, India in 2012 on 200 subjects, gender matched and equally divided as 100 from Andhra Pradesh and 100 from Telangana states...
May 2017: Iranian Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555942/a-review-of-chromatographic-methods-for-ketamine-and-its-metabolites-norketamine-and-dehydronorketamine
#16
REVIEW
Eylem Funda Göktaş, Filiz Ariöz
Ketamine has a synthetic, sedative, non-barbiturate and fast-acting anesthetic properties and it is commonly used in both humans and veterinary surgery. There are many analytical methods available for the qualitative and quantitative determination of Ketamine and its metabolites. This review gives information for the implementation of methods to support ketamine and its metabolites studies in researchs and it could be useful in forensic sciences in addition to doping control, human and animal clinical surgery...
May 27, 2017: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549553/genetic-polymorphisms-of-12-x-str-loci-in-shaanxi-han-population-from-china
#17
Mao Sun, YunTao Zhang, XiaoNan Zhang, ShanMin Fu, YuanMing Wu
Allele frequencies for 12 X STR loci (DXS8378, DXS10159, DXS10162, DXS10164, DXS981, DXS6789, DXS7424, DXS101, DXS7133, GATA165B12, GATA31E08 and DXS7423) were obtained from a sample of 518 unrelated individuals from Shaanxi, China. We observed a total of 108 alleles in the group with the allelic frequency values ranging from less than 0.0014 to 0.6768. Our statistic analysis indicates that the 12 X STR conform to the Hardy-Weinberg's equilibrium. Heterozygosity among the studied 12 X STR loci showed a distribution of 42...
May 2017: Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548893/dynamic-decision-making-learning-processes-and-new-research-directions
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Cleotilde Gonzalez, Pegah Fakhari, Jerome Busemeyer
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this manuscript is to provide a review of contemporary research and applications on dynamic decision making (DDM). BACKGROUND: Since early DDM studies, there has been little systematic progress in understanding decision making in complex, dynamic systems. Our review contributes to better understanding of decision making processes in dynamic tasks. METHOD: We discuss new research directions in DDM to highlight the value of simplification in the study of complex decision processes, divided into experimental and theoretical/computational approaches, and focus on problems involving control tasks and search-and-choice tasks...
May 1, 2017: Human Factors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547802/the-power-of-exclusion-using-automated-osteometric-sorting-pair-matching
#19
Jeffrey James Lynch, John Byrd, Carrie B LeGarde
This study compares the original pair-matching osteometric sorting model (J Forensic Sci 2003;48:717) against two new models providing validation and performance testing across three samples. The samples include the Forensic Data Bank, USS Oklahoma, and the osteometric sorting reference used within the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. A computer science solution to generating dynamic statistical models across a commingled assemblage is presented. The issue of normality is investigated showing the relative robustness against non-normality and a data transformation to control for normality...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533730/forensic-odontology-the-new-dimension-in-dental-analysis
#20
K P Divakar
Forensic Odontology a branch of Forensic sciences uses the skill of the dentist in personal identification during mass calamities, sexual assault and child abuse to name a few. This branch not stranger to many has been growing tenfold in its potential and its ability to bring the forlorn to justice where a dental remains is the only available evidence. It's role and importance in the judiciary is fast growing and hence in depth knowledge in this field seems more than justified.
March 2017: International Journal of Biomedical Science: IJBS
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