ABC News 3 May 2016
A forensic technique developed by a Queensland researcher is being used to identify the remains of American soldiers from the Korean War, speeding up the rate of identification and returning the fallen to their families.
University of Queensland forensic anthropologist Carl Stephan, who also is creating Australia’s first skeleton library, developed the chest radiograph comparison analysis technique during a five-year fellowship at the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency in Hawaii from 2008-2013.
He now serves as a consultant to the agency.
The technique uses chest radiographs to identify remains that cannot be identified using DNA, because of the embalming process the bones were put through during original examinations in the mid-1950s.
Brisbane Times Anna Patty April 29 2016
Darren Saunders was developing a cure for pancreatic cancer when he gave up his medical research job to find one that was more secure.
The constant stress of going from contract to contract each year and spending precious time applying for research grants finally took its toll.
Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/business/federal-budget/job-insecurity-is-driving-the-best-and-brightest-out-of-medical-research-20160427-gog9hh.html
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ABC News Sharnie Kim 27 April 2016
Police have confirmed a body recovered from a far north Queensland lake last week is that of missing man Maurice Shutter.
Mr Shutter, 56, disappeared while paddling across Lake Eacham in an inflatable raft in November 2014, sparking a 26-day search of the popular swimming spot.
Police said the surfacing of the body after 18 months was very unusual, and the case would reshape their understanding of water searches.
Detective Inspector Geoff Marsh said the northern coroner made the identification on Wednesday, based on clothing and dental records as well as the post-mortem examination.
Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-27/body-found-lake-eacham-missing-man-maurice-shutter/7364082
Brisbane Times 27 April 2016
The recent discovery of a body in a picturesque volcanic lake, where a man disappeared more than a year ago, may open one mystery as it solves another.
DW Manasi Gopalakrishnan 20.04.2016
Last year, a ship carrying around 800 asylum seekers sank off the coast of Libya, killing all except a handful of migrants. Now Rome has begun a challenging operation to retrieve the vessel and identify the refugees.
At least 400 dead migrants could be present in the hold of the vessel that rests on the sea floor 375 meters deep, 157 kilometers off the Libyan coast, Italy’s special envoy for missing persons, Prefect Vittorio Piscitelli, said in Rome. “These are estimated numbers, but we do not rule out surprises,” the dpa news agency quoted him as saying.
In the months following the sinking on April 18, 2015, Italian teams had rescued 28 people and found 169 bodies. The new operation focused on finding the rest of the victims. No estimates were available on the costs until now.
In the latest efforts, the Italian navy, or Marina Militare, was going to lift up the vessel, cover it and refrigerate it to preserve the bodies. This would then be shipped to NATO’s Melilli base in Sicily, where forensic experts from Piscitelli’s team would try to trace the victims’ origins.
Read more: http://www.dw.com/en/italy-begins-operations-to-retrieve-refugee-bodies-from-2015-shipwreck/a-19201469
MedicalXpress 22 March 2016
Forensic researchers have for the first time established science-based standards for identifying human remains based on X-rays of an individual’s spine, upper leg or the side of the skull.
“In the past, forensic experts have relied on a mixed bag of standards when comparing ante mortem and post mortem X-rays to establish a positive identification for a body – but previous research has shown that even experts can have trouble making accurate identifications,” says Ann Ross, lead author of a paper on the new standards and a professor of anthropology at North Carolina State University.
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BBC News 12 March 2016
A new forensic and biometrics service is planned by the Home Office, four years after it controversially abolished its predecessor. Ministers say there will be a “national approach” to forensic science in criminal cases in England and Wales.
The Forensic Science Service, a government-owned company, was shut down in 2012, after the government said it lost £2m each month. But in 2015, the National Audit Office warned standards were slipping.