Cleveland police have sent the last of 3,985 rape kits to the state crime lab for testing, clearing a backlog of untested sexual assault evidence stretching back to 1993.
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Human forensic evidence collected from crime scenes is frequently comingled with biomaterial of canine and feline origins. The ability to accurately detect and quantify target DNA in mixed-species samples is crucial when target templates may be overwhelmed by non-target DNA.
Dutch forensics experts gained access on Monday to the remains of the victims from the downed Malaysia Airlines jet in eastern Ukraine after days of standoffs over access to the site and growing pressure on President Vladimir Putin of Russia to clear the way for a full international investigation.
Forensic teams fanned out across the Netherlands on Saturday to collect material including DNA samples that will help positively identify the remains of victims killed in the downing of the Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine.
Attorneys for a convicted rapist charged with two 1995 cold-case killings say prosecutors are trying to prop up a pair of weak murder charges by taking them to trial as a matched set.
Convicted killer Henry Skinner moved a step closer to the execution chamber this week after a state district judge ruled that results of DNA testing of previously unexamined crime scene evidence probably would not have cleared him of the three Texas Panhandle murders for which he was sentenced to die.
Forensic DNA analysts and other interested stakeholders are invited to participate in a free NIST webinar on validation concepts and resources. In recent years, instrument manufacturers and software companies have created new technologies to analyze challenging DNA samples.
From his cell on Florida's death row, Paul Hildwin has spent 28 years fighting for his life, waiting between cancer treatments for the state to acknowledge decade-old DNA evidence supporting his claims of innocence.
Legends of mysterious part-human creatures have circulated for centuries, and those stories persist today in cultures around the world, from Yeti in the Himalayas to the Almas, or “wild man” in Central Asia to Sasquatch, a.k.a. Bigfoot, in North America. Now a research team has performed the first rigorous genetic analysis of three dozen hair samples that their collectors claimed came from such undiscovered, living humanoids.
DNA samples are vital to homicide and sexual assault trials and investigations. District Attorney Ron Moore says sometimes it takes a couple years for DNA results to be returned, which delays dozens and dozens of cases from going to trial.
DNA collections from suspects arrested in violent crimes could help solve those crimes as well as exonerate those wrongly charged or convicted. On that, the former prosecutor who authored the new Mississippi law requiring such collections and the Innocence Project agree. But the debate over whether the law violates individuals’ rights goes on.
A Milwaukee man suspected in a series of increasingly violent random sexual assaults over the past decade was charged after the State Crime Laboratory's first use of so-called "familial DNA" analysis, identifying a suspect through his relatives.
On Thursday, July 17, RTI International will hold the third of a four-part NIJ-funded online discussion about familial DNA searching. Join this panel discussion to learn more about current processes and procedures as well as the legal challenges and implementation ramifications of familial DNA searching.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice, have named Michigan State University’s Anil Jain among the first 17 appointments to the Forensic Science Standards Board.
It has reunited a mother with her two-month-old son separated in the Boxing Day tsunami, given freedom to an innocent man on death row, and returned the remains of September 11 victims to their families. It is DNA fingerprinting — the discovery by Sir Alec Jeffreys one Monday morning 30 years ago that revolutionized the world.
Historic preservation officials are using the latest in forensic science to unravel the mystery of a young pioneer prospector buried in a forgotten grave 140 years ago and discovered by construction crews in the Deadwood's Presidential neighborhood in 2012.
A year and a half ago, a group of law enforcement agencies seemed finally to have found a solution for faster DNA testing, given their backlog of cases waiting on test results. But just before the proposal was set in motion, the owner of DNA:SI in Burlington passed away. Now, after more than another year passing of unsolved break-ins and other property crimes, some of those agencies have found an alternative.
It's become the last, best hope of people charged with a crime: a DNA test that proves police have the wrong guy. Tell that to Antwon Watkins. The 16-year-old South Philadelphia High School junior was found guilty of simple assault by a Philadelphia Family Court judge April 28 despite negative DNA results, alibi witnesses, school attendance records, and having no prior arrests.
Brianna’s Law, Nevada’s DNA testing law, went into effect earlier this week after it won a hard-fought and emotional battle during the 2013 Legislature. The Washoe Crime Lab will hire two new people to deal with the DNA testing.
DNA matching a sample from Michael Cisneros was found on a pair of blue pajama bottoms belonging to a Mason City toddler who drowned in Willow Creek 20 years ago, a DNA expert testified Monday in Cisneros' murder trial.
With new DNA evidence in hand, a divided Florida Supreme Court overturned the death sentence and conviction of a man found guilty nearly three decades ago of strangling a woman in Hernando County, Fla.
Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday signed into law timelines and processes for testing rape-evidence kits, a move backers said will ensure Michigan avoids encountering a backlog of the magnitude discovered after it took over Detroit's crime lab five years ago.
The financial resources and manpower at the North Carolina State Crime Laboratory are dreadfully behind its ever-growing case load. The backlog affects the accused – both guilty and innocent – who might sit in jail for years before their cases go to trial.
Increasingly authorities are using forensic methods to track and trace the origins of seized ivory, providing the means to tackle enforcement problems in the country where the animal was killed, rather than just the point where the attempt was made to smuggle it out of the continent of Africa.
The sooner every municipality and jurisdiction takes ownership of its own backlog issue and dedicates the appropriate amount of resources to get kits tested, the sooner they can stop worrying about whether some very smart lawyers are going to find a way hold them responsible.
The United States Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has granted approval of the Life Technologies GlobalFiler Kit for forensic laboratories that generate DNA profiles and upload them to the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) database.
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