After a two-year review, the National Academy of Sciences is set to release a report this month on the state of forensic science in the US -- and it's not looking good. The New York Times says people call the report a "sweeping critique of many forensic methods that the police and prosecutors rely on." Those methods include the analysis of bite marks, blood spatter, hair, and handwriting as well as fingerprinting and firearms identifications.

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