More than a year after a black man was fatally shot by police in the middle of a Chicago street, the white officer who fired some of the fatal shots has been charged with murder – and a dashcam video of the killing has been released to the public.
Follow-up DNA testing on the samples of the rape kit proved Vargas did not commit the crime – and that the eyewitness testimony which was the basis of his conviction was based on a similar facial tattoo.
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Race, and exposure to drugs and explosives have been the focus of recent studies. But now, even gender can be determined from the concentration of amino acids in a fingerprint, according to the latest study published by a University at Albany team in the journal Analytical Chemistry.
A $25,000 reward is now being offered in the case of four women who were found in a drainage ditch behind a seedy motel, facing east toward the bright casino lights of Atlantic City.
DNA early on established the woman and two of the girls were closely related, perhaps mother and daughters. But now advanced new technology has authorities making a push to solve one of the most baffling and gruesome cold cases in U.S. history.
An obscure branch of the human tree of evolution survived for thousands of years in a remote mountain range in Siberia – and even though it eventually died out, left genetic traces within living Homo sapiens.
The terrorist attacks that slaughtered 129 unarmed people and wounded hundreds more in Paris on Friday have prompted airstrikes on the Islamic State in Syria, and a manhunt for the sole remaining killer on the run in Europe.
Match statistics, which give detectives and juries the likelihood of someone being misidentified, are accurate when looking at a single source of DNA. But mixtures at bloody or messy crime scenes add a molecular wrinkle for forensic scientists.
His mitochondrial DNA, preserved by the dry Andes air, shows a rare genetic profile that has nearly vanished from the Americas – a molecular ghost of the past.
Now investigators have revealed that Gliniewicz had more than just embezzlement on his mind: he was even planning on hiring a hit man to kill the village administrator who was looking into his financial dealings.
Long-standing restrictions have limited employment opportunities for those affected by colorblindness - but now, a team of researchers is re-evaluating the condition to see if it provided any advantages in search and rescue missions.
Officials said the new 10,000-square-foot lab will handle more than 5,000 cases involving seized controlled substances and driving-while-intoxicated cases each year.
In 1985, the State of Maryland used testimony from five separate witnesses to convict a 22-year-old ex-marine in the brutal rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl. The only problem: the real serial rapist and murderer remained free to endanger the lives of more innocent women.
Now is a crucial time to begin understanding how touch DNA works, and how it needs to be interpreted and analyzed – not just by forensic analysts, but also by prosecutors and defense attorneys.