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No Miracles Sought in Bones of Medieval Swedish King

April 24, 2014 12:09 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Researchers from Uppsala University on Wednesday opened a small gilded box containing the skull and bones of Swedish King Erik IX, who became a national saint after he was murdered in 1160.                 

Stage Coach Disappearance Case Still Active

April 24, 2014 11:46 am | by Carol Christian, Houston Chronicle | News | Comments

Marvin Clark disappeared in about June 1920 on his way to the doctor. A man of age 62 or 63,...

Gacy Case Helps Solve Unrelated Death

April 23, 2014 11:41 am | by Don Babwin, Associated Press | News | Comments

Four decades after John Wayne Gacy lured more than 30 young men and boys to his Chicago-area...

Wildlife Forensics Team Examines Bird of Prey Deaths

April 23, 2014 11:35 am | by David Miller, BBC | News | Comments

The team at Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA), a division of the Scottish...

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Families of Ferry Victims Hope and Identify

April 21, 2014 4:10 pm | by Gilian Wong, Associated Press | News | Comments

Heartbreak awaits the families of about 220 people still missing from the submerged ferry Sewol, or at least those whose relatives' bodies are ultimately recovered. Families who once dreamed of miraculous rescues now simply hope their loved ones' remains are recovered soon, before the ocean does much more damage.

NIJ Solicitation: Solving Cold Cases With DNA

April 21, 2014 11:23 am | by NIJ | News | Comments

NIJ is seeking applications from States and units of local government for funding under the Solving Cold Cases With DNA program to identify, review, and investigate Uniform Crime Report (UCR) Part 1 Violent Crime “cold cases” that have the potential to be solved using DNA analysis, and to locate and analyze the biological evidence associated with these cases.

University DNA Lab Helps Solve 42-year-old Mystery

April 17, 2014 11:17 am | by Carol Christian, Houston Chronicle | News | Comments

The nationally known DNA lab at the University of North Texas has helped solve the mystery of what happened to two South Dakota high school girls who disappeared in late May 1971.                    

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French School Carries Out DNA Dragnet in Rape Case

April 15, 2014 12:36 pm | by Lori Hinnant, Associated Press | News | Comments

French investigators began taking DNA samples Monday from 527 male students and staff at a high school — including boys as young as 14 — as they searched for the assailant who raped a teenage girl on the closed campus.         

Skeletal Remains Headed for DNA Testing

April 14, 2014 12:17 pm | by Jaci Conrad Pearson, Black Hills Pioneer | News | Comments

Archivist Mike Runge obtained permission from the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission recently to move forward with forensic DNA testing of an unmarked burial of skeletal human remains discovered in 2012.           

Crime Lab Robot to Help Clear Violent Cases

April 11, 2014 8:44 am | by Todd Unger, WFAA | QIAGEN | News | Comments

A $92,000 "robot" will soon be part of the team at the Fort Worth police crime lab. The purchase should help the department expedite processing of DNA samples for the most violent of crimes, like sexual assaults and homicides.       

NC Crime Lab Director Says Funding Needed to Clear Backlog

April 10, 2014 12:25 pm | by WRAL | News | Comments

The director of the North Carolina State Crime Laboratory, which examines evidence in criminal investigations for law enforcement agencies across the state, says he hopes lawmakers will increase funding for the lab this year to help clear the backlog of cases in need of DNA testing.

Rape Kit Testing in Louisiana

April 9, 2014 11:09 am | by Alex Woodward, Best of New Orleans | News | Comments

In 2010, the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) hailed the arrest of Jimmie Spratt, who was charged with raping three women in New Orleans — in 1994. It took more than a decade after the crimes for law enforcement agencies to enter DNA evidence collected from rape kits into the FBI's Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).

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DNA Confirms ID of US Soldier Buried in Germany

April 7, 2014 12:33 pm | by Karen Herzog, Journal Sentinal | News | Comments

An American forensic lab announced Monday it has independently confirmed through DNA testing that the remains recovered from a German ossuary in France are indeed U.S. Army Pfc. Lawrence S. Gordon, who was mistakenly buried with the enemy after World War II.

Solving Crimes at the Veterinarian Forensic Lab

April 7, 2014 9:32 am | by Diane Dimond, Noozhawk | News | Comments

As far as crime laboratories go, it is not very impressive-looking. And it is not very big, with a permanent staff of just three forensic scientists and a few interns. But the work product that comes out of the Veterinarian Forensic Lab at UC Davis is important, and it has changed the way crimes are investigated and prosecuted worldwide.

FFPE Purification Kit

April 4, 2014 4:18 pm | Promega Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The Maxwell® 16 LEV RNA FFPE Kit for RNA isolation from mammalian FFPE (formalin fixed paraffin embedded) tissue samples is designed to rapidly extract pure, high yield RNA from thin sections of FFPE tissue samples, with consistency and time saving provided by the automated Maxwell 16 instrument. 

IntegenX Receives ISO 9001:2008 Certification

April 1, 2014 11:56 am | IntegenX, Inc. | News | Comments

IntegenX Inc. has earned ISO 9001:2008 certification for its quality management system for the design, development, manufacture and distribution of automated DNA identification systems and is the first company in the rapid DNA market to achieve such a standard.

Virginia DNA Mixture Evidence

March 31, 2014 9:10 am | Cybergenetics | News | Comments

TrueAllele has publish a DNA validation study which showed that TrueAllele computer interpretation of DNA mixture evidence is sensitive, specific, precise, accurate and more informative than manual interpretation alternatives.       

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Japan Frees World's Longest-held Death Row Inmate

March 28, 2014 10:41 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's longest-serving death row inmate was freed Thursday by a Japanese court which found investigators had likely fabricated evidence in the murder case that put the former pro boxer behind bars for nearly half a century.      

RNA Isolation Kit

March 27, 2014 9:12 am | MO BIO Laboratories | Product Releases | Comments

MO BIO Laboratories' BiOstic® FFPE Tissue RNA Isolation Kit features a very efficient protocol which includes complete lysis and extraction of total RNA from formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissues without the use of toxic organic solvents.

Forensic Scientist Targets Worldwide Sex Trafficking through DNA

March 25, 2014 11:40 am | by Rachel Chinapen, New Haven Register | News | Comments

DNA is the one thing that remains with a victim, and for that reason and others, it can be a powerful tool in combatting human trafficking.                               

Touch DNA Leads to Arrest in Florida Scam

March 24, 2014 12:14 pm | by Julie Murphy, The Daytona Beach News-Journal | News | Comments

A Jacksonville man is accused of organized fraud and grand theft after “touch DNA” linked him to an October 2013 crime, according to a Flagler County, Fla., sheriff’s spokesman.                     

GE and NetBio to Validate Rapid DNA System

March 21, 2014 3:23 pm | by GE Healthcare Life Sciences | News | Comments

GE Healthcare Life Sciences and NetBio have commenced an extensive developmental validation of DNAscan™ Rapid DNA Analysis™ System.                                  

3D Model Links Facial Features and DNA

March 21, 2014 9:53 am | by A'ndrea Elyse Messer, Penn State | News | Comments

DNA can already tell us the sex and ancestry of unknown individuals, but now an international team of researchers is beginning to connect genetics with facial features, degrees of femininity and racial admixture.           

RapidHIT System Approved to Upload DNA Profiles to National Database

March 19, 2014 3:43 pm | by IntegenX Inc. | News | Comments

IntegenX Inc. has met the FBI guidelines to upload directly to the NDIS system known arrestee and convicted offender DNA profiles, as well as casework known samples, generated with the RapidHIT System using Life Technologies GlobalFiler Express kits from Thermo Fisher Scientific.

DNA Quantification Kits Enable Precision-guided Forensic Analysis of Highly Compromised Human Samples

March 18, 2014 12:06 pm | Life Technologies | News | Comments

Forensic scientists can now more quickly assess the quantity and quality of human DNA in highly compromised and degraded casework samples and provide the critical information needed to drive informed decisions on subsequent steps in the analysis process, thanks to two new Life Technologies quantification solutions.

DNA Assay Development and Validation for Pigment-related Features

March 17, 2014 2:55 pm | by Elisa Wurmbach, NIJ | News | Comments

The goal of this project was to optimize and validate a multiplex assay based on nuclear DNA that can help identify unidentified human remains by predicting pigmentation traits.                     

DNA Analysis of LCN Samples: Towards Fully Integrated STR Profiling

March 13, 2014 2:54 pm | by Eugene Tan, NIJ | News | Comments

This research aimed to develop two microfluidic components for the analysis of low copy number (LCN) DNA samples.                                       

Victim's DNA Found on Cop's Bulletproof Vest

March 13, 2014 12:00 pm | by Robert Salonga and Tracey Kaplan, San Jose Mercury News | News | Comments

The woman allegedly raped last fall by an on-duty San Jose police officer is in the country illegally, sources said Wednesday, a revelation that looks certain to strain the already shaky trust between immigrant communities and local law enforcement.

Man Bound Over in Shotgun Slayings of Toddler

March 13, 2014 11:41 am | by Steve Fry, cjonline.com | News | Comments

A 28-year-old man bound over to stand trial on charges of killing an 18-month-old girl and three adults will learn if he could face the death penalty after his arraignment next month. The bindover for trial came soon after forensics experts linked a shotgun to the man.

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