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A man cleared of murder and rape charges after being locked up for two decades made an emotional appeal for millions of dollars in compensation on Tuesday, telling the state claims commissioner about the fear he endured in prison.

Man Wrongly Imprisoned Seeks Millions from State

July 30, 2014 12:40 pm | by Stephen Singer, Associated Press | News | Comments

A man cleared of murder and rape charges after being locked up for two decades made an emotional appeal for millions of dollars in compensation, telling the state claims commissioner about the fear he endured in prison.         

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 | News | Comments

The Denver Police Department Crime Laboratory, in collaboration with SomaLogic, Inc. (Boulder,...

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 | News | Comments

This study demonstrated the feasibility of full‐length genome sequence production from...

DNA Lab Gets Help to Ease Backlog of Cases

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

No longer will police in York County, South Carolina have to wait several months to a year for a...

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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 | News | 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.   

New DNA Crime Fighting Tool in DC

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

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 | News | 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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The first of the bodies from Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 have arrived in the Netherlands ready for forensic investigation into the remains of the 298 passengers and crew. Identifying the victims is going to pose many challenges given the potential stat

How Dental Records Will Help Identify Bodies from MH17

July 24, 2014 12:19 pm | by Ahmad Samarji, The Conversation | News | Comments

The first of the bodies from Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 have arrived in the Netherlands ready for forensic investigation into the remains of the 298 passengers and crew. Identifying the victims is going to pose many challenges given the potential state of the bodies and remains, both from the initial explosion and the delay in recovery, but dental records can definitely help.

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.

Cleveland Clears It's Backlog of Untested Rape Kits

July 23, 2014 12:06 pm | by Rachel Dissell, The Plain Dealer | News | Comments

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.                       

To say that developments in “Rapid DNA” have been progressing quickly is an understatement. From a front page USA Today article headline reading “Rapid DNA Test Could Transform Crime Fight”, to its first use in a criminal prosecution and, most importantly

"Rapid" Progess

July 23, 2014 8:33 am | by Chris Asplen | Articles | Comments

To say that developments in “Rapid DNA” have been progressing quickly is an understatement. From a front page USA Today article headline reading “Rapid DNA Test Could Transform Crime Fight”, to its first use in a criminal prosecution and, most importantly, approval from the FBI to upload reference profiles to the NDIS, the moniker “Rapid” applies more to its rate of implementation than to its DNA analysis time.  

Returning the 298 victims from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 to their families with dignity and respect is a major priority for each nation involved. Disaster victim identification (DVI) is a difficult task, but will be made even more challenging in this

Identifying Bodies from MH17 is a Forensic Challenge

July 22, 2014 1:46 pm | by Kirsty Wright, the Conversation | News | Comments

Returning the 298 victims from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 to their families with dignity and respect is a major priority for each nation involved. Disaster victim identification (DVI) is a difficult task, but will be made even more challenging in this instance given the delays in body recovery and the interference of the crash site that is said to span over a 10km area including within a combat zone.

A D.C. Superior Court judge has decided that DNA evidence exonerates a man who spent 26 years in prison for the 1982 rape and murder of a Washington woman.

Man Exonerated, DNA Reveals FBI Error

July 22, 2014 1:00 pm | by Keith Alexander and Spencer Hsu, The Washington Post | News | Comments

A D.C. Superior Court judge has decided that DNA evidence exonerates a man who spent 26 years in prison for the 1982 rape and murder of a Washington woman.                           

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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 overwhelme

DNA-based Multi-species Identification and Quantification Assay

July 22, 2014 9:24 am | by K’Lynn Solt and Sree Kanthaswamy, NIJ | News | Comments

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.

Forensics Experts Reach Crash Victims in Ukraine

July 21, 2014 11:42 am | by David Herszenhorn, Sabrina Tavernise and Neil MacFarquhar, The New York Times | News | Comments

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.

Material Gathered in the Netherlands to ID MH17 Victims

July 21, 2014 11:02 am | by Mike Corder, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.       

An Attempt to Link Cold Cases

July 18, 2014 1:56 pm | by Scott North, The Herald of Everett | News | Comments

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.                   

Judge Says DNA 'Probably' Wouldn't Have Affected Murder Conviction

July 17, 2014 1:58 pm | by Allan Turner, Houston Chronicle | News | Comments

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.

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NIST Webinar to Cover Validation of Forensic DNA Testing Technologies

July 17, 2014 1:48 pm | by NIST | News | Comments

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.

Florida Inmate Still on Death Row Despite DNA Exoneration

July 17, 2014 1:30 pm | by Letitia Stein, Reuters | News | Comments

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.         

Bigfoot and Yeti, Still a Mystery

July 15, 2014 2:36 pm | by Rachel Nuwer, The New York Times | News | Comments

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.

Backlog Persists at NC Crime Lab, Stalls Cases

July 14, 2014 2:20 pm | by Romando Dixson, Citizen-Times | News | Comments

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.   

New Mississippi DNA Law Could Help Wrongly Convicted

July 14, 2014 1:57 pm | by Jimmie Gates, The Clarion-Ledger | News | Comments

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.

Familial DNA Leads to Charges in Serial Sex Assaults

July 14, 2014 1:44 pm | by Bruce Vielmetti, the Journal Sentinel | News | Comments

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.

Familial DNA Searching Discussion Continues

July 14, 2014 12:53 pm | by NIJ | News | Comments

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.

MSU Professor Appointed to NIST Forensic Science Standards Board

July 11, 2014 2:03 pm | by Michigan State Univ. | News | Comments

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.       

Sir Alec Jeffreys and DNA Fingerprinting

July 9, 2014 9:17 am | by Society of Biology | News | Comments

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.

Scientists Unravel Historic Deadwood Mystery

July 8, 2014 12:26 pm | by Tom Griffith, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Law Enforcement Agency Match Game

July 8, 2014 11:55 am | by Natalie Allison Janicello, Times-News | News | Comments

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.

DNA Evidence Disregarded

July 7, 2014 9:11 am | News | Comments

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.

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