Indentification of Human Blood Messenger Ribonucleic Acids Through Non-Polymerase Chain Reaction Based Multiplexing

The identification of human biological fluids has been a significant component of forensic science for hundreds of years, yet the majority of forensically relevant body fluids still cannot be uniquely identified.  Due to the increase in the abundance of forensic casework and the lack of confirmatory tests for many body fluids, protein-based methods . . .  read more

Research: Indentification of Morphologically Similar Species of Necrophagous Flies (Diptera: Calliphoridae) in Oklahoma: Reliability and Application of Techniques in a Forensic Setting

The development of taxonomic keys for carrion-associating blow flies (Diptera: Calliphoridae) has greatly enhanced the field of forensic entomology by facilitating identification of species often associated with crime scenes. Keys for morphological identification of blow flies have been developed and refined by Whitworth (2006) and Marshall, et al. . . .  read more

Research: The Empirical Evaluation and Examination of Breechface Markings on Ten Consecutively Manufactured Pistol Slides

Previously published research and case studies exist pertaining to consecutively manufactured tool marks and the individuality of those markings on tools.  This study seeked to assess the Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners (AFTE) Theory of Identification and provide additional research into the investigation of characteristics potentially . . .  read more

Research: Validation of Enzyme-linked Immunosorbent Assays for the Detection of Licit and Illicit Drugs in Human Breast Milk

There are many instances when mothers are unable to provide their own milk, which is the case with many prematurely born infants.  Breast milk banks and facilities that process human milk provide an alternative solution to synthetic or animal derived infant formula, allowing babies to receive the benefits of human breast milk.  There are many drugs . . .  read more

Research: Emerging Infectious Disease: Ecological Niche Model and Molecular Identification of Angiostrongylus cantonensis in Rodents from Oklahoma and Louisiana

Emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) have devastating effects on wildlife. Angiostrongylus cantonensis is a zoonotic EID that causes eosinophilic meningitis in humans and neurological illnesses in wildlife. Because A. cantonensis has been documented worldwide and continues to spread, it is a clear example of an EID of potential . . .  read more