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The Denver Police Department Crime Laboratory, in collaboration with SomaLogic, Inc. (Boulder, Colorado), have developed a DNA aptamer-based system for sperm cell binding, isolation and purification for DNA analysis in sexual assault cases.

Sperm Capture Using Aptamer-based Technology

July 30, 2014 12:18 pm | by Evaldas Katilius, Glenn Sanders, Andrew Carmel, Larry Gold, and Greggory LaBerge, NIJ | Comments

The Denver Police Department Crime Laboratory, in collaboration with SomaLogic, Inc. (Boulder, Colorado), have developed a DNA aptamer-based system for sperm cell binding, isolation and purification for DNA analysis in sexual assault cases.   

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Distraught Australian relatives of Malaysia Airlines MH17 victims have been asked to provide intimate information about their smallest loved ones, at a time when their grief is most raw.

Youngest Victims of MH17 the Hardest to Identify

July 29, 2014 2:47 pm | by News.com.au | Comments

Distraught Australian relatives of Malaysia Airlines MH17 victims have been asked to provide intimate information about their smallest loved ones, at a time when their grief is most raw. Because many of the victims on the doomed July 17 flight were children, police and health workers visiting relatives around the world have asked for treasured children’s finger paintings or other items that may contain prints such as baby bottles. 

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Scottsbluff police have been joined by a Philadelphia-based crime-solving organization to find out who killed a 40-year-old Nebraska man nearly 6½ years ago.

Crime-solving Group Helps with 2008 Cold Case

July 29, 2014 2:11 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Scottsbluff, Nebraska police have been joined by a Philadelphia-based crime-solving organization to find out who killed a 40-year-old Nebraska man nearly 6½ years ago.                       

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Division of Forensic Science Struggles to Get Going

July 29, 2014 1:46 pm | by Sean O’Sullivan, The News Journal | Comments

Delaware's crime lab still isn't fully operational more than a month after the General Assembly eliminated the office of chief medical examiner and nearly a month after state officials fired Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Richard T. Callery.   

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This study demonstrated the feasibility of full‐length genome sequence production from individuals infected with HIV using next‐generation sequencing technologies and phylogenomic analysis.

Progress Towards Developing the 'Pathogen Toolkit'

July 29, 2014 12:07 pm | by Priyanka Kshatriya, Vinson Doyle, Bradley Nelson, Xiang Qin, John Anderson, Jeremy Brown, and Michael Metzker, NIJ | Comments

This study demonstrated the feasibility of full‐length genome sequence production from individuals infected with HIV using next‐generation sequencing technologies and phylogenomic analysis.                 

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No longer will police in York County, South Carolina have to wait several   months to a year for a speck of saliva to match a burglary suspect or a blood stain to uncover the identity of a wanted killer.

DNA Lab Gets Help to Ease Backlog of Cases

July 28, 2014 2:47 pm | by Jonathan McFadden, Herald Online | Comments

No longer will police in York County, South Carolina have to wait several months to a year for a speck of saliva to match a burglary suspect or a blood stain to uncover the identity of a wanted killer.             

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Black boxes from the Air Algerie plane that crashed in northern Mali last week will be transferred to France for analysis, the French embassy in Mali said Sunday, as officials prepared for the process of identifying the remains of the dead.

Forensics Experts Prepare to ID Air Algerie Victims

July 28, 2014 2:34 pm | by Baba Ahmed, Associated Press | Comments

Black boxes from the Air Algerie plane that crashed in northern Mali last week will be transferred to France for analysis, the French embassy in Mali said Sunday, as officials prepared for the process of identifying the remains of the dead.   

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Ukrainian armed forces mounted a major onslaught against pro-Russian separatist fighters Sunday in an attempt to gain control over the area where a Malaysia Airlines plane was downed earlier this month. Ten days after the disaster, a full-fledged investig

Fighting Delays Crash Site Investigation

July 28, 2014 2:09 pm | by Dmitry Lovetsky and Peter Leonard, Associated Press | Comments

Ukrainian armed forces mounted a major onslaught against pro-Russian separatist fighters Sunday in an attempt to gain control over the area where a Malaysia Airlines plane was downed earlier this month. Ten days after the disaster, a full-fledged investigation still has not begun at the crash site, with some bodies still unrecovered and the site forensically compromised. 

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New DNA Crime Fighting Tool in DC

July 28, 2014 1:54 pm | by Paul Wagner, FOX 5 | Comments

The District of Columbia is about to become the first city in the nation to use a revolutionary new crime fighting tool. It is a lab device that can analyze DNA in just over an hour and gives investigators the answers they need in just a fraction of the time it takes now.

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The Defense Forensics and Biometrics Agency uncased its colors for the first time recently, symbolically marking its arrival in the Office of the Provost Marshal General.

Defense Forensics and Biometrics Agency Uncases Colors for First Time

July 28, 2014 1:48 pm | by Matt McLaughlin, U.S.Army | Comments

The Defense Forensics and Biometrics Agency uncased its colors for the first time recently, symbolically marking its arrival in the Office of the Provost Marshal General.                       

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Maggots on Victim's Clothing Not from Deer, ME Says

July 25, 2014 2:00 pm | by Gus Burns, MLive | Comments

Days after Timothy Wafer shot and killed Renisha McBride on his porch in Dearborn Heights on November 2, a crime scene evidence technician said he had to rid her clothes, then in a police evidence room, of maggots.          

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A Dallas man who prosecutors say did not commit a 1990 rape for which he served 12 years in prison should be exonerated based on recent DNA testing he did not request, a judge recommended Friday.

Judge Says Texas Man Should be Exonerated in Rape

July 25, 2014 1:48 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

A Dallas man who prosecutors say did not commit a 1990 rape for which he served 12 years in prison should be exonerated based on recent DNA testing he did not request, a judge recommended Friday.               

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South Korea's forensic agency said on Friday it was impossible to determine the cause of death of a businessman linked to a ferry that sank killing 304 people in April because there was too much tissue damage to his badly decomposed body.

Forensic Team Unable to Say How South Korea Ferry Businessman Died

July 25, 2014 1:39 pm | by Ju-Min Park and Kahyun Yang, Reuters | Comments

South Korea's forensic agency said on Friday it was impossible to determine the cause of death of a businessman linked to a ferry that sank killing 304 people in April because there was too much tissue damage to his badly decomposed body.

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A small group of Dutch and Australian investigators combed the sprawling, unsecured site where Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 went down, taking notes and photos as their governments prepared police detachments they hope can help protect the crash area and b

Australia, Netherlands Ready to Secure Crash Site

July 25, 2014 1:30 pm | by Jona Kallgren and Lucian Kim, Associated Press | Comments

A small group of Dutch and Australian investigators combed the sprawling, unsecured site where Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 went down, taking notes and photos as their governments prepared police detachments they hope can help protect the crash area and bring the last of the victims home.

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Thermo Fisher Signs Exclusive Global Distribution Agreement with NewLab for Forensic Sample Processing Technology

July 24, 2014 2:50 pm | Thermo Scientific | Comments

Thermo Fisher Scientific has signed an agreement with NewLab Engineering, a subsidiary of COPAN Italia, for the exclusive global rights to distribute Card Processing Automation (CPA) technology, which is designed to prepare DNA samples for human identification in forensic, paternity and research laboratories. 

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