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CDA Cover Forensic Dentistry – Full Text

The California Dental Association has published a special edition focussing on forensic dentistry.  There are a variety of topics covered, including bitemarks (both animal and human) ageing of living and deceased individuals, an overview of forensic odontology, and the scope of practice.  What is missing is sections on the assessment …

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DNA From Teeth – The Lynn Breedan Story

This is a fascinating case told in the Medical Detectives series.  The case involves identification from teeth in two ways – the first, the identification of the victim from their dental records (using the presence of a mesiodens to assist) and secondly, the identification of the potential suspect – by …

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Remembering Luxor

A reminder of the importance of undertaking identifications correctly, and what can go wrong when non-scientific methods are used – in this case visual identification. Read this excerpt from wikipedia in relation to Luxor Masscare in 1997: The Luxor massacre was the killing of 62 people, mostly tourists, on 17 November 1997, at Deir …

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DNA Contamination & Court

A WOMAN is found strangled and partially burned in her house. DNA matching her ex-partner – who claims he hasn’t seen her for several months – is lifted from her pyjamas. The man claims his DNA must have got there via their child’s clothing or toys. Would you believe him? …

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Black Death skeletons unearthed by UK Crossrail project

Skeletons unearthed in London Crossrail excavations are Black Death victims from the great pandemic of the 14th Century, forensic tests indicate. Their teeth contain DNA from the plague bacterium Yersinia pestis and their graves have been dated to 1348-50. Records say thousands of Londoners perished and their corpses were dumped in a mass …

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False teeth lead to Winnipeg woman’s arrest

There is an axiom of forensic science that says one never leaves a crime scene without leaving something behind. In this case, it was a pretty significant something. Winnipeg police say they’ve made an arrest in connection with a 2007 convenience store robbery in which the female suspect dropped her …

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DNA and odontology

Find out how DNA is utilised in odontology for identification and bitemark analysis. Identification DNA in human identification – there are two review articles on the subject that you can read here, and here.  They cover the basics of DNA from teeth – consider enamel to be an armoured coating …

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