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The rape happened in 1998 at a playground in Holyoke. Jesus Oquendo was arrested in 2012 when DNA taken in a rape kit from the victim matched his DNA in the national DNA database.

DNA Hit Puts Another Rapist in Prison, This Time in 1998 Case

March 3, 2015 2:40 pm | by Buffy Spencer, Mass Live | News | Comments

The rape happened in 1998 at a playground in Holyoke. Jesus Oquendo was arrested in 2012 when DNA taken in a rape kit from the victim matched his DNA in the national DNA database.

Will 'DNA Phenotyping' Lead to Racial Profiling?

February 27, 2015 8:24 am | by Lauren Kirchner, Pacific Standard Magazine | News | Comments

Bioethicists, geneticists, attorneys and cops weigh the pros and cons of a radical new science...

Detective Off Case After Crowdfunding Plea for DNA Test - Update

February 26, 2015 12:45 pm | by Jill Disis, Indy Star | News | Comments

An Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department detective turns to crowdfunding after a crime lab...

While Some Rape Kits Sat Untested, Suspects Committed More Assaults

February 25, 2015 10:51 am | by Katherine Driessen, Houston Chronicle | News | Comments

As Houston officials trumpeted the completion of DNA testing on a three-decade backlog of sexual...

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A Michigan court decision recently rejected the appeal of Joseph Blackmer, the man charged with the 1981 rape of a 23-year-old married woman, four months pregnant. The case demonstrates how useful DNA technology can be in solving sexual assault cases, eve

The Saga of Rapist Joseph Blackmer's DNA

February 25, 2015 10:42 am | by Laura Berman, The Detroit News | News | Comments

A Michigan court decision recently rejected the appeal of Joseph Blackmer, the man charged with the 1981 rape of a 23-year-old married woman, four months pregnant. The case demonstrates how useful DNA technology can be in solving sexual assault cases, even years after the fact, as Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy readies her department to analyze DNA results from more than 8,000 cases now being tested in private and state labs.

A human sheds as much as 100 pounds of DNA-containing material in a lifetime and about 30,000 skin cells an hour. But who owns that DNA is the latest modern-day privacy issue before the US Supreme Court.

DNA is everywhere. Can police analyze it?

February 24, 2015 1:10 pm | by David Kravets, Ars Technica | News | Comments

A human sheds as much as 100 pounds of DNA-containing material in a lifetime and about 30,000 skin cells an hour. But who owns that DNA is the latest modern-day privacy issue before the US Supreme Court.

Houston officials have completed the lab testing and review of a three-decade backlog of rape kits, yielding 850 matches in the national DNA database.

City Done With Lab Testing of Rape Kit Backlog

February 24, 2015 11:56 am | by Katherine Driessen, Houston Chronicle | News | Comments

Houston officials have completed the lab testing and review of a three-decade backlog of rape kits, yielding 850 matches in the national DNA database.

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The Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory’s Emerging Technologies Section is leading the way in developing new strategies and technologies to identify exceptionally challenging DNA samples submitted to the lab. This presentation gives an overview of

Technologies for Identifying Human Remains: Training Video

February 23, 2015 10:15 am | by NIJ Forensic Technology Center of Excellence | News | Comments

The Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory’s Emerging Technologies Section is leading the way in developing new strategies and technologies to identify exceptionally challenging DNA samples submitted to the lab. This presentation gives an overview of the laboratory’s new Next-Generation Sequencing instrumentation and protocol development, and its impact on sample processing.

Scientists in Israel have demonstrated that it is possible to fabricate DNA evidence, undermining the credibility of what has been considered the gold standard of proof in criminal cases.

DNA Evidence Can be Faked

February 23, 2015 9:59 am | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Scientists in Israel have demonstrated that it is possible to fabricate DNA evidence, undermining the credibility of what has been considered the gold standard of proof in criminal cases.

A private lab in Texas will perform DNA tests on old biological material from a 1980s Minneapolis serial killer case, a Hennepin County judge has ruled.

Texas Lab Will Test DNA in Minneapolis Serial Murder Case

February 20, 2015 11:57 am | by Pam Louwagie, Star Tribune | News | Comments

A private lab in Texas will perform DNA tests on old biological material from a 1980s Minneapolis serial killer case, a Hennepin County judge has ruled.

A top New York state judge will allow the use of new computer-assisted DNA technology in the murder trial of a career criminal accused of strangling a 41-year-old mentally ill man during a robbery nearly five years ago.

New DNA Tool OK in Trial

February 19, 2015 11:34 am | by Robert Gavin, Times Union | Cybergenetics | News | Comments

A top New York state judge will allow the use of new computer-assisted DNA technology in the murder trial of a career criminal accused of strangling a 41-year-old mentally ill man during a robbery nearly five years ago.

Battelle’s Applied Genomics team has a new member as Dr. Toni Diegoli joins to be the technical lead for Battelle’s Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) Program.

Genomics Expert Joins Battelle

February 17, 2015 2:18 pm | by Battelle | News | Comments

Battelle’s Applied Genomics team has a new member as Dr. Toni Diegoli joins to be the technical lead for Battelle’s Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) Program.

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The Michigan State Police Crime Lab solves cases with science, and the laboratory operating in Bridgeport has additional staff and new methods to help fight crime. It's helped the laboratory turn a 12-month backlog for lab work in the biology department o

Forensic Scientists Help Michigan State Police Crack Cases

February 17, 2015 1:36 pm | by Brad Devereaux, MLive | News | Comments

The Michigan State Police Crime Lab solves cases with science, and the laboratory operating in Bridgeport has additional staff and new methods to help fight crime. It's helped the laboratory turn a 12-month backlog for lab work in the biology department one year ago into a two-week backlog today.

It’s generally commonly accepted that if a person is convicted of a serious crime such as murder or rape, their DNA will be collected and saved in a searchable database for future use.

More States Sending DNA Samples to CODIS for Misdemeanor Charges

February 11, 2015 1:35 pm | by Malysa Stratton Louk, Digital Journal | News | Comments

It’s generally commonly accepted that if a person is convicted of a serious crime such as murder or rape, their DNA will be collected and saved in a searchable database for future use.

Michael Morton, who spent nearly 25 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit, said recently that under current DNA testing requirements, he wouldn’t have had access to the evidence that led to his release.

Bill Would Expand DNA Testing for Criminal Cases

February 10, 2015 1:03 pm | by Ryan McCrimmon, The Texas Tribune | News | Comments

Michael Morton, who spent nearly 25 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit, said recently that under current DNA testing requirements, he wouldn’t have had access to the evidence that led to his release.           

A new partnership between the FBI and the National Institute of Justice, announced in August 2014, has a mandate to add the staffing, forensic expertise and technological superiority on the federal level to help local police forces across the country deal

FBI Scientists Help Police Catch Up With Rape Forensics

February 10, 2015 12:53 pm | by Benjamin Plackett, Inside Science | News | Comments

A new partnership between the FBI and the National Institute of Justice, announced in August 2014, has a mandate to add the staffing, forensic expertise and technological superiority on the federal level to help local police forces across the country deal with the masses of untested rape kits in their jurisdictions.

Mexico's attorney general's office has questioned assertions by an Argentine-led team of forensics experts who expressed doubts about the government's conclusion that 43 missing college students were all killed and their bodies burned.

Mexico Questions Allegations of Independent Forensic Team

February 9, 2015 1:05 pm | by Maria Verza, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mexico's attorney general's office has questioned assertions by an Argentine-led team of forensics experts who expressed doubts about the government's conclusion that 43 missing college students were all killed and their bodies burned.    

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A young sergeant on the Pacifica police force recalled the horrific investigation   into the Gypsy Hill murders in 1976. "We didn't have DNA back then. A lot of the   forensics has changed over the years."

How Forensic Investigation has Changed since Gypsy Hill Murders

February 4, 2015 2:51 pm | by Jane Northrop, San Jose Mercury News | News | Comments

A young sergeant on the Pacifica police force recalled the horrific investigation into the Gypsy Hill murders in 1976. "We didn't have DNA back then. A lot of the forensics has changed over the years."             

Scotland now has the most advanced DNA profiling system in Europe following a £6 million investment in new forensic capability.

Scottish Forensic Service Leads Europe in DNA Technology

February 4, 2015 2:37 pm | by Scottish Police Authority | News | Comments

Scotland now has the most advanced DNA profiling system in Europe following a £6 million investment in new forensic capability.                                   

Law enforcement officials are still not sure how the body of 17-year-old Carolyn Lee Andrew ended up in a shallow grave in Duluth’s Twin Ponds in 1981. But nearly 34 years later, authorities believe they’ve finally determined the identity of her killer.

DNA Technology Cracks 1981 Cold Case

February 3, 2015 12:48 pm | by Tom Olsen, Duluth News Tribune | News | Comments

Law enforcement officials are still not sure how the body of 17-year-old Carolyn Lee Andrew ended up in a shallow grave in Duluth’s Twin Ponds in 1981. But nearly 34 years later, authorities believe they’ve finally determined the identity of her killer.

Next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology can now profile highly damaged DNA samples that contain 75 percent less base-pair information, compared with previous systems.

Next-Gen Sequencing Maps 'Highly Degraded' DNA

January 30, 2015 12:27 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Articles | Comments

Next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology can now profile highly damaged DNA samples that contain 75 percent less base-pair information, compared with previous systems. This is a significant improvement for law enforcement in cases involving missing persons or unidentified human remains.

The U.S. saw a record number of exonerations in 2014, and it was due in part to 33 cases in Texas in which individuals had their drug convictions dismissed after lab tests determined they never had illegal substances, a report released Tuesday shows.

Record Number of Exonerations Driven by Texas Drug Cases

January 27, 2015 1:34 pm | by Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. saw a record number of exonerations in 2014, and it was due in part to 33 cases in Texas in which individuals had their drug convictions dismissed after lab tests determined they never had illegal substances, a report released Tuesday shows.

NIJ’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence is hosting a two-day training workshop for forensic examiners on recognizing and minimizing bias in forensic science.

Workshop on Cognitive Factors in Forensic Decision-Making

January 26, 2015 10:35 am | by NIJ | News | Comments

NIJ’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence is hosting a two-day training workshop for forensic examiners on recognizing and minimizing bias in forensic science. Cognitive experts will lead the workshop, providing examples from a variety of forensic domains, including DNA, fingerprinting and forensic anthropology.

Texas Department of Public Safety labs are coping with an abundance of evidence testing submissions, an issue that mirrors a situation faced by federal agencies about 20 years ago.

Demand for DNA Testing Overwhelms DPS Labs

January 26, 2015 10:18 am | by Mollie Bryant, Amarillo Globe News | News | Comments

Texas Department of Public Safety labs are coping with an abundance of evidence testing submissions, an issue that mirrors a situation faced by federal agencies about 20 years ago.                   

For the third time in less than six months, a North Carolina inmate was exonerated by DNA evidence and freed after spending decades in prison for a wrongful murder conviction.

Man Wrongly Convicted 4 Decades Ago Freed from Prison

January 26, 2015 9:50 am | by Jonathan Drew, Associated Press | News | Comments

For the third time in less than six months, a North Carolina inmate was exonerated by DNA evidence and freed after spending decades in prison for a wrongful murder conviction.                     

Rape is defined as forcible penetration, whether oral, anal or vaginal using a sexual organ or object without consent of the victim. Sexual assault, on the other hand, refers to any unwanted sexual contact, including fondling and molestation. Semen detect

DNA Forensic Testing and Use of DNA Rape Kits in Cases of Rape and Sexual Assault

January 26, 2015 8:21 am | by Karl M. McDonald | Articles | Comments

Rape is defined as forcible penetration, whether oral, anal or vaginal using a sexual organ or object without consent of the victim. Sexual assault, on the other hand, refers to any unwanted sexual contact, including fondling and molestation. Semen detection tests, confirmatory tests and forensic DNA testing are indispensable tools for solving a cases of rape and assault in order to bring perpetrators to justice.

Seattle police will begin DNA testing on all sexual-assault evidence kits and dig into the backlog of 1,276 stored kits that were never tested, the department has announced.

Seattle Police to Begin DNA Testing on All Stored Rape Kits

January 23, 2015 10:27 am | by Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times | News | Comments

Seattle police will begin DNA testing on all sexual-assault evidence kits and dig into the backlog of 1,276 stored kits that were never tested, the department has announced.                     

A grant from the National Institute of Justice will help scientists delve deep into the world of mitochondrial DNA, or mtDNA, used to help solve crime in forensic investigations.

Mitochondrial DNA Research Could Bolster Forensic Investigations

January 22, 2015 11:43 am | by Penn State | News | Comments

A grant from the National Institute of Justice will help scientists delve deep into the world of mitochondrial DNA, or mtDNA, used to help solve crime in forensic investigations.                     

The President's DNA Initiative Analyst Training Has Moved

January 21, 2015 8:56 am | National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) | News | Comments

If you’ve been trying to access the online DNA Analyst Training but received an error, it’s not you. The folks at NFSTC.org moved the President’s DNA Initiative.                         

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