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Published October 11, 2010, 02:57 PM

BCA Gets Grant to Study Forensic Evidence

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is getting roughly $1 million to study two types of forensic evidence: bloodstain patterns and handwriting characteristics.

By: Associated Press,

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is getting roughly $1 million to study two types of forensic evidence: bloodstain patterns and handwriting characteristics.

The BCA says Monday that it received the federal grant from the National Institute of Justice.

About $400,000 will go toward handwriting analysis research. Researchers will study how combinations of handwriting characteristics are unique to individuals.

Roughly $600,000 will fund research on bloodstain patterns. Scientists will try to set up baseline data to determine the reliability of current methods used to analyze bloodstain patterns.

To do this, more than two dozen highly-trained bloodstain pattern experts will look at sets of bloodstain patterns and offer opinions on the cause. A team of experts will evaluate the results.

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