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DNA Database Match Breaks Open Murder Case

November 25, 2014 4:33 am | News | Comments

Investigators revealed more information Friday morning about an arrest in the death of a 15-year-old Indianapolis girl. Dominique Allen was abducted in the early morning hours on Aug. 31 while she was sitting outside her sister’s home. She was then found strangled, her body burned.

Researcher Aims for Faster, Cheaper DNA Sequencing

November 25, 2014 4:27 am | News | Comments

A team of scientists from Arizona State...

WI Preps for Expanded DNA Testing

November 24, 2014 7:45 am | News | Comments

The Wisconsin Department of Justice has hired nearly...

DNA Could Free Inmate After 36 Years

November 20, 2014 10:01 am | News | Comments

 

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DNA evidence can be critical to solve a crime, but a big backlog of cases means it could be months, or even years, before some of those samples get tested.

Familial DNA Leads to Rape Suspect

November 19, 2014 7:09 am | News | Comments

For the second time in Wisconsin history, the DNA of a relative has led to the arrest of a suspect wanted for sexual assault. 24-year-old Antoine Pettis, of Milwaukee, was charged on Tuesday after he was identified by familial DNA.

Serological Research Institute has announced they are the first lab on the West Coast to offer a new, wet-vacuum based forensic DNA collection method. This new method has helped solve criminal investigations that were otherwise stalled or had gone complet

Rape Kit Backlog Persists Despite Funding

November 19, 2014 6:51 am | News | Comments

On average, in Bexar County, Texas, alone, forty-six-hundred people are raped every year.  That's thirteen new victims a day.  But it's estimated eighty percent of those victims will never report the crime. To make matters worse, Elizondo says less than twenty percent of rapists are brought to justice.   

The horrific murders of Helen Scott and Christine Eadie set in motion a long and challenging police investigation which would span decades, involve thousands of interviews and hours of detective work. But old fashioned detective work could only take the i

LED Light Helped Crack World's End Case

November 18, 2014 1:31 pm | by Edinburgh News | News | Comments

The horrific murders of Helen Scott and Christine Eadie set in motion a long and challenging police investigation which would span decades, involve thousands of interviews and hours of detective work. But old fashioned detective work could only take the investigation so far.

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How Courts Miss Bad Forensics

November 17, 2014 1:07 pm | by Radley Balko, The Washington Post | News | Comments

A three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit unanimously upheld a federal district judge’s ruling against Louisiana prisoner James Koon, who in 1996 was convicted of killing an infant and sentenced to life in prison. The panel rejected Koon’s petition for a new trial based on what Koon claimed was newly discovered evidence that calls medical examiner Steven Hayne’s credibility into question.

The man accused of abducting a University of Virginia student who was found dead last month pleaded not guilty Friday in on an unrelated sexual assault charge. Albemarle County Sheriff Chip Harding said Hannah Graham's death could have been avoided if Vir

Kidnapping Suspect Pleads Not Guilty, Sheriff Calls for DNA Collection

November 14, 2014 1:48 pm | by Matthew Barakat, Associated Press | News | Comments

The man accused of abducting a University of Virginia student who was found dead last month pleaded not guilty Friday in on an unrelated sexual assault charge. Albemarle County Sheriff Chip Harding said Hannah Graham's death could have been avoided if Virginia would collect DNA for misdemeanor convictions as well as felonies.

 Evidence from up to 70,000 rape cases nationwide will get long-awaited DNA testing, the Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. announced Wednesday as he pledged as much as $35 million to help eliminate a backlog that has long troubled authorities

NY Prosecutor to Fund Rape Kit Testing Nationally

November 13, 2014 8:26 am | by Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press | News | Comments

Evidence from up to 70,000 rape cases nationwide will get long-awaited DNA testing, the Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. announced Wednesday as he pledged as much as $35 million to help eliminate a backlog that has long troubled authorities, victims and lawmakers.

Serological Research Institute has announced they are the first lab on the West Coast to offer a new, wet-vacuum based forensic DNA collection method. This new method has helped solve criminal investigations that were otherwise stalled or had gone complet

Serological Research Institute Introduces Wet-vac Forensic DNA Collection

November 13, 2014 8:26 am | by Serological Research Institute | News | Comments

Serological Research Institute has announced they are the first lab on the West Coast to offer a new, wet-vacuum based forensic DNA collection method.                             

NIST Fellow and DNA expert John Butler describes his work in DNA forensic science, how NIST standards enable accurate DNA measurements to be made, how NIST methods helped ID victims of 9/11, how he got interested in forensics, and how NIST's role in DNA f

DNA Expert John Butler of NIST Unscripted

November 12, 2014 12:08 pm | by NIST | Videos | Comments

NIST Fellow and DNA expert John Butler describes his work in DNA forensic science, how NIST standards enable accurate DNA measurements to be made, how NIST methods helped ID victims of 9/11, how he got interested in forensics, and how NIST's role in DNA forensics is making a difference.

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The Jerusalem Magistrate's Court cleared for publication on Tuesday that police in the capital have arrested a murder suspect in a cold case from 1998, after DNA and other evidence reportedly link the man to the killing of teenager Noa Eyal 16 years ago.

Police Arrest Suspect in 1998 Cold Case Murder of Jerusalem Teen

November 12, 2014 11:42 am | by The Jerusalem Post | News | Comments

The Jerusalem Magistrate's Court cleared for publication on Tuesday that police in the capital have arrested a murder suspect in a cold case from 1998, after DNA and other evidence reportedly link the man to the killing of teenager Noa Eyal 16 years ago.

Massively Parallel Sequencing and STR Typing: Basics and Forensic Applications

November 12, 2014 1:22 am | Webinars

Massively parallel sequencing (MPS), which has been described as next generation sequencing, has advanced substantially and offers the forensic scientific community novel and enhanced approaches to DNA typing. While capillary electrophoresis-based technologies have been the standard method for human identity typing applications, there are limitations in this methodology’s resolution, scalability, and throughput. MPS has the potential to address these limitations and expand investigative capabilities and typing success. Because of it, high throughput MPS provides the ability to multiplex multiple types of forensically relevant genetic markers and sequence multiple samples per analysis. Additionally, MPS data may improve interpretation of mixtures.

Austrian forensics experts who helped solve the mystery of Russia's murdered imperial family could soon shed light on the apparent massacre of 43 Mexican students through analysis of the tiniest of DNA fragments from badly burned remains.

Austrian Forensic Experts Investigate Massacre in Mexico

November 10, 2014 1:31 pm | by Shadia Nasralla, Reuters | News | Comments

Austrian forensics experts who helped solve the mystery of Russia's murdered imperial family could soon shed light on the apparent massacre of 43 Mexican students through analysis of the tiniest of DNA fragments from badly burned remains.   

Traditionally, New York City officials have preferred not to draw attention   to the unidentified bodies that pass through city morgues and receive public   burials. But on Saturday, city officials organized a day geared partly to   help identify the roug

New York City Seeks to Put Names to Unidentified Bodies

November 10, 2014 12:46 pm | by Corey Kilgannon, The New York Times | News | Comments

Traditionally, New York City officials have preferred not to draw attention to the unidentified bodies that pass through city morgues and receive public burials. But on Saturday, city officials organized a day geared partly to help identify the roughly 1,200 bodies they have received since about 1990 that they have been unable to identify.

More than a half-century after Wayne Pratt was stabbed to death at a gas station he operated along old U.S. 41 near Neenah, the search for his killer is heating up.

Police Still Seeking Answers in 1963 Gas Station Murder

November 7, 2014 2:23 pm | by Andy Thompson, Post-Crescent Media | News | Comments

More than a half-century after Wayne Pratt was stabbed to death at a gas station he operated along old U.S. 41 near Neenah, the search for his killer is heating up.                         

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A Boston-based startup, called Amplyus, has invented the miniPCR, a small, relatively cheap do-it-yourself DNA copying kit for homes and schools.

Boston Kickstarter Puts miniPCR in Classrooms

November 5, 2014 2:52 pm | by Elise Harmon, BostInno | News | Comments

A Boston-based startup, called Amplyus, has invented the miniPCR, a small, relatively cheap do-it-yourself DNA copying kit for homes and schools.                             

Starting with a simple DNA swab taken from fang marks on people bitten by snakes, an international research team correctly identified the species of the biting snake 100 percent of the time in a first-of-its-kind clinical study.

Forensic DNA Test Links Snake Bite Marks to Species

November 5, 2014 2:28 pm | by Burness Communications | News | Comments

Starting with a simple DNA swab taken from fang marks on people bitten by snakes, an international research team correctly identified the species of the biting snake 100 percent of the time in a first-of-its-kind clinical study.      

Solving the mystery of Jack the Ripper is a big claim — but seldom have so many words been written about so few pieces of meaningful evidence.

Still a Mystery: DNA Hasn’t Named Jack the Ripper after All

November 4, 2014 1:04 pm | by Mick Reed, The Conversation | News | Comments

Solving the mystery of Jack the Ripper is a big claim — but seldom have so many words been written about so few pieces of meaningful evidence.                             

Crime Lab Trying to Identify Burned Body with DNA

November 4, 2014 12:47 pm | by Wayne Ford, Athens Banner-Herald | News | Comments

Nearly 40 days after a slain man’s body was found in a burned vehicle in Elbert County, Georgia, authorities still are not confident enough about a positive identification to release a name.                 

DNA Evidence in Cold-case Murder Trial Faces Scrutiny

November 4, 2014 12:41 pm | by Douglass Dowty, Syracuse.com | News | Comments

An expert testified that she couldn't be certain that DNA found under a murdered woman's fingernails belonged to her estranged husband, Ron Meadow.                             

Next generation DNA analysis, which researchers say can reveal a level of detail far beyond what currently is used in criminal investigation, is awaiting its first courtroom test in Massachusetts.

DNA Analysis Could Provide Complete Description of Suspect

November 3, 2014 3:12 pm | by Theodore Decker, The Columbus Dispatch | News | Comments

Next generation DNA analysis, which researchers say can reveal a level of detail far beyond what currently is used in criminal investigation, is awaiting its first courtroom test in Massachusetts.               

State Forensic Agency Will No Longer Process Misdemeanor Marijuana Evidence

November 3, 2014 12:08 pm | by Ashlie Walter, The News & Advance | News | Comments

In a bid to limit the number of backlogged drug cases, the Virginia Department of Forensic Science will no longer process marijuana in its labs for evidence in misdemeanor cases.                     

A retired San Diego police criminalist connected through DNA to the 1984   murder of 14-year-old Claire Hough apparently told a friend earlier this year   that he’d photographed the girl on Torrey Pines State Beach shortly before   she turned up dead, acc

Warrants Reveal Evidence in 1984 Killing

November 3, 2014 12:03 pm | by Kristina Davis, U-T San Diego | News | Comments

A retired San Diego police criminalist connected through DNA to the 1984 murder of 14-year-old Claire Hough apparently told a friend earlier this year that he’d photographed the girl on Torrey Pines State Beach shortly before she turned up dead, according to search warrant affidavits unsealed recently.

Michael Morton Act Creates Backlog In Texas County

November 3, 2014 11:40 am | by Mitch Goulding, Time Warner Cable News | News | Comments

Leaders in Williamson County, Texas have come up with a creative solution to tackle a growing jail population.                                       

Police in Albuquerque say a man suspected of a $250,000 heist should have flushed the evidence he left behind.

DNA from Toilet Leads Police to Burglary Suspect

October 30, 2014 1:01 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Police in Albuquerque say a man suspected of a $250,000 heist should have flushed the evidence he left behind.                                       

Crime scene investigation is about to get more affordable and efficient, as researchers from the National Center for Forensic Science in Orlando, Florida, have found a cheaper and faster method to identify a wide range of body fluids.

Alternate Techniques Identify Body Fluid Evidence

October 30, 2014 11:53 am | by Maaike Pols, Security Info Watch | News | Comments

Crime scene investigation is about to get more affordable and efficient, as researchers from the National Center for Forensic Science in Orlando, Florida, have found a cheaper and faster method to identify a wide range of body fluids.     

A law that requires DNA samples from everyone arrested on a felony charge has drawn little attention in the nearly four months it has been in practice in Nevada, despite criticism that it would violate the privacy of people who hadn't been convicted of a

Nevada Jail DNA Collection Sees Little Pushback

October 29, 2014 11:46 am | by Annalise Little, Ecko Daily Free Press | News | Comments

A law that requires DNA samples from everyone arrested on a felony charge has drawn little attention in the nearly four months it has been in practice in Nevada, despite criticism that it would violate the privacy of people who hadn't been convicted of a crime.

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