Category Archives: Forensic pathology

Coronial autopsies, Disaster victim identification, Mortuary practice, forensic histology, forensic odontology, forensic skeletal examination, forensic anthropology, ethics, Legislation (i.e. Coroners Act), evidence provided at courts/in trials (expert evidence) by pathologists, Deaths in custody.
Focus on Queensland content unless wide reaching consequences (i.e. Evidence challenged in court, changes in equipment/methodology, malpractice)

The Maps Within: Using Viruses in Forensic Biology

Discover magazine 19 April 2015

Forensic biology has made tremendous strides in the past few decades thanks largely to advances in DNA techniques and analysis. Genomic sequencing has generated new methods of human identification reaching far beyond fingerprints and dental records, providing crucial information in the course of investigations, valuable evidence in historical fieldwork, and personal closure in the wake of tragedy.

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/bodyhorrors/2015/04/19/viruses-forensic-biology/#.VTWERY4_0_s

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New forensics methods could help ID remains of Pearl Harbor victims

Worldmag 16 April 2015

Advances in forensic and DNA analysis techniques in the decades since World War II prompted the Department of Defense (DoD) to update its policy defining threshold criteria for disinterment of unknowns. On Tuesday, DoD announced the remains of up to 388 unaccounted for sailors and Marines associated with the USS Oklahoma will be exhumed later this year for identification and burial.

http://www.worldmag.com/2015/04/new_forensics_methods_could_help_id_remains_of_pearl_harbor_victims

Forget CSI: Real-Life Crime Labs Are a Total Mess [USA]

MotherJones 20 April 2015

The San Francisco Police Department is auditing 1,400 criminal cases—many involving murder or sexual assault—because one technician in the department’s crime lab allegedly mishandled DNA evidence. That makes it the latest in a string of cities where corrupt or incompetent crime lab employees have derailed investigations and prosecutions. Experts say this shouldn’t come as a surprise: Most states don’t require labs to be accredited, and “forensic science” isn’t always very scientific.

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/04/why-do-crime-labs-keep-screwing-dna-tests

Missing plane: Wreckage found, pilot killed

Brisbane Times 21 April 2015

A search for the body of Yandina pilot Rob Pavan will continue on Tuesday, following the discovery of the wreckage of his light plane in bushland north-west of Gympie on Monday.

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/missing-plane-wreckage-found-pilot-killed-20150420-1mp4xt.html

Warning of ‘funeral time bomb’ in UK as population ages

BBC News 17 April 2015

The UK death rate has reached a tipping point with numbers of deaths expected soon to begin rising after falling for decades, suggests a report.

The oldest of the post war baby-boom generation, born in 1945, will turn 70 this year says the International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK).

The number of deaths is likely to rise 20% over the next 20 years, suggests an analysis of official figures.

http://www.bbc.com/news/education-32349490

Update: Suspicious death investigation, Bungalow

QPS News 18 April 2015

A man has been charged following a death that occurred in Bungalow yesterday.

Police were called to a unit on Winkworth Street around 11am where a man was found with injuries to his chest.

He was transported to hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

A 49-year-old Bungalow man has been charged with one count of murder and is due to appear in the Cairns Magistrates Court today.

Investigations are continuing.

http://mypolice.qld.gov.au/blog/2015/04/18/update-suspicious-death-investigation-bungalow/

Man stabbed to death in far north Qld

Sydney Morning Herald April 17, 2015

A man has been stabbed to death in far north Queensland.
Police say the 50-year-old man was stabbed in the chest at Bungalow, in Cairns, on Friday morning.
He was rushed to hospital, but he was pronounced dead on arrival, officers say.
Police are talking to another person about the incident and local media reported that two men were led away from the scene in handcuffs.

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Townsville Bulletin update