On January 26th, 10 PRISM students had the opportunity of visiting the Forensic Biology Department of the Office of Chief Medical Examiner. Scientists there demonstrated how samples like DNA are extracted and analyzed directly from evidence. Students also had the opportunity to hear about careers at the OCME.
From the OCME website: The OCME investigates cases of persons who die within New York City from criminal violence, by accident, by suicide, suddenly when in apparent health, when unattended by a physician, in a correctional facility or in any suspicious or unusual manner or where an application is made pursuant to law for a permit to cremate a body of a person. In addition, the OCME Forensic Biology lab also tests thousands of items of evidence each year from nearly every category of crime including homicide, sexual assault, felony assault, robbery, burglary, hate crimes, and weapons possession. The lab also performs testing associated with missing persons, unidentified remains, and the ongoing effort to identify World Trade Center victims.