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Dental and chronological age in children under oncological treatment.

So one can argue that this is a very small, very specific population studied in this paper.  Thankfully, the number of cases of children undergoing cancer therapies such as this is small, and therefore the need to age them for forensic purposes is likely to be incredibly rare. However, the …

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Analysis of human dentition from Early Bronze Age: 4000-year-old puzzle.

This paper presents the first ever paleodontological investigation of human remains from an archeological site in Central Europe dating from the Early Bronze Age and attributed to the Strzyzow Culture. It corroborates the knowledge gained from archeological, anthropological and genetical investigations. Our study aimed to assess dental status, dental morphology …

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Dental age assessment in 7-14-year-old Chinese children: comparison of Demirjian and Willems methods.

Several approaches have proven be valuable in estimating dental age in children. The Demirjian method, based on crown and root calcification, is the most frequently used tool. The Willems method is a modification of the Demirjian method. There are few studies regarding to compare the application of the two methods …

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Its not only pattern analysis that can be fallible – how about DNA?

Fallible DNA evidence can mean prison or freedom YOU are the juror: would you trust DNA evidence? Most people regard it as near infallible- it produces the right result or no result, exonerating the innocent and securing convictions where other evidence fails. But DNA is not as objective as you …

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Australia formalise odontology training

A major development in the training and certification of forensic dentists in Australia has taken place. Through their Royal College of Pathologists they have released a training programme leading to certification. We are only aware of one other certifying body in the world – the ABFO. This development is therefore …

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Fingerprint enquiry completed

The report and recommendations of the Fingerprint Inquiry in the case of Shirley McKie has finally emerged. The report will join the very few that will have international and important repercussions for forensic practice. The NAS report criticised some elements of fingerprint analysis and bitemark analysis and therefore there is an interest …

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Home office chief science adviser defends his role

From Research Research Bernard Silverman, chief scientific adviser to the Home Office, has rebutted concerns over his effectiveness following the revelation that he had no input in the decision to close the Forensic Science Service. At a House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee hearing on 5 July, Liberal Democrat MP …

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