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Border Security, Drug Trafficking and DNA

Release Date:
2/24/2012 4:05 PM

Friends of the UNH Library Present "Border Security & Drug Trafficking – the DNA Connection?”

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The Friends of the UNH Library will host a presentation by Heather Coyle on technologies and research being used to track the DNA on narcotics shipments on March 1.


Heather Coyle is an associate professor in the forensic science department at UNH. Coyle began her career at Yale University as a postdoctoral student in corn genetics, later moving on to work at the Connecticut Division of Scientific Services Forensic Laboratory in Meriden.. Coyle has a B.S. from SUNY Plattsburgh, and a M.S. and Ph.D., from the University of New Hampshire.. Coyle’s research interests focus on plant-based drug and food samples, the use of plants in forensic casework and DNA for human identification. She has published in the “Journal of Forensic Science” and “Science & Justice.” She has also served as a private consultant and expert witness.


Thursday, March 1, 3 p.m.


Marvin K. Peterson Library


There is an increased focus on national security since 9/11. The mechanisms that perform surveillance or better classify potential threats are of interest to both academicians and law enforcement personnel. It is common for law enforcement officials to identify DNA left at crime scenes to identify suspects. Less well known are the technologies and research that are used to trace DNA on random shipments of narcotics from grower to dealer. The technological advances and techniques that can be used to make the connections across borders will be discussed and a short video will be screened to illustrate the magnitude of the problem both within and across U.S. borders.