Universities will be rewarded for backing forensic science research, MPs hear

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 20 December 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d8268
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Universities will be financially rewarded for investing in research in forensic science, MPs have been told. The move is an attempt to bolster research in the area despite the closure of the Forensic Science Service early next year.

The government announced in December 2010 that the Forensic Science Service—the government owned company that analyses crime scene evidence for police forces and government agencies in England and Wales—will close by March 2012. As the service is wound down the government will transfer its work to private companies (which already carry out 40% of forensic work), and some forensic work is already being carried out by police forces themselves.

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee was holding an evidence session for an inquiry to examine the government’s response to the committee’s previous inquiry held earlier this year into the closure of the Forensic Science Service.

In the report from the earlier inquiry, …

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