Forensic Scientist

Forensic science: validation and incompetence

Anna Sandiford Feb 12, 2010

U.S. academics at UCLA are being granted funds to consider error rates in latent fingerprint evidence.  Some would ask whether or not this sort of exercise should have been completed loooong ago.  As with any other area of applied science, regular review should be undertaken.  Unfortunately, this is not something that necessarily occurs in forensic [...] … Read More

Cocaine on money, drug traces on banknotes

Anna Sandiford Feb 10, 2010

I was surprised at a news article in the English MailOnline, which states that Every British bank note is contaminated by cocaine within weeks of entering circulation. I wasn’t surprised about the cocaine issue, but about the fact that the media seemed to think this was new or unusual. I’ve been working on cases involving drug [...] … Read More