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DNA testing sophisticated enough to exonerate Anthony Wright was not available in 1993, when a jury found him guilty of rape and murder, but it is now. And so for nine years his attorneys have pushed to see if advances in technology would support his case

DNA Tests from 1991 Rape-Murder Point to a New Suspect

September 19, 2014 2:04 pm | by Joseph Slobodzian and Robert Moran, Philadelphia Inquirer | News | Comments

DNA testing sophisticated enough to exonerate Anthony Wright was not available in 1993, when a jury found him guilty of rape and murder, but it is now. And so for nine years his attorneys have pushed to see if advances in technology would support his case.

NC State Forensic Professors Help Solve Cold-case Crimes

September 19, 2014 1:38 pm | by Sarah Wheeler, The News & Observer of Raleigh | News | Comments

Wake County sheriff's deputies knew little about the man, except that he wore a foreign brand of...

Thailand Says No DNA Match Yet for Slain Britons

September 18, 2014 2:26 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Police in Thailand said Wednesday that DNA...

Columbus, Ohio, Buying Software to Improve Crime DNA Analysis

September 18, 2014 1:50 pm | by Lucas Sullivan, Government Technology | News | Comments

Columbus, Ohio, will upgrade technology to fix problems with how the Police Division’s crime lab...

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All four sessions of NIJ’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence ‘Familial DNA Searching’ panel series are now available online anytime. Watch the series to learn more about the technical protocols and software, legal challenges, and current policies f

Familial DNA Searching Panel Series Available On Demand

September 18, 2014 11:36 am | by NIJ | News | Comments

All four sessions of NIJ’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence ‘Familial DNA Searching’ panel series are now available online anytime. Watch the series to learn more about the technical protocols and software, legal challenges, and current policies for familial DNA searching. 

County Prosecutor Praises Teamwork on Rape Kit Processing Progress

September 17, 2014 10:41 am | by Julie Brown, Hometown Life | News | Comments

Progress is reported on a backlog of rape kits in Detroit and Wayne County, Michigan. County Prosecutor Kym Worthy says the public can think because of television crime programs that DNA matching is effortless. “There’s a lot more work that has to be done,” she said, including finding and interviewing witnesses. “It’s a huge part of the case,” but not all.

The rape suspect, court papers said, was identified by a longtime friend who said they committed the crime together. The suspect’s DNA was tied to the crime. But prosecutors hoping to present an airtight case had a concern: The suspect, Dwayne McNair, has

New DNA Test Sought in Identical Twin's Rape Case

September 17, 2014 9:35 am | by Jess Bidgood, The New York Times | News | Comments

The rape suspect, court papers said, was identified by a longtime friend who said they committed the crime together. The suspect’s DNA was tied to the crime. But prosecutors hoping to present an airtight case had a concern: The suspect, Dwayne McNair, has an identical twin, meaning the DNA testing pointed not to one person, but two.

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Detecting Mismatched DNA

September 16, 2014 1:07 pm | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

Researchers at Johns Hopkins have identified a highly sensitive means of analyzing very tiny amounts of DNA. The discovery, they say, could increase the ability of forensic scientists to match genetic material in some criminal investigations.

A single fingerprint, lifted with a pipe cleaner and super glue, has led investigators to reopen a 30-year-old murder case.

Fingerprint Could Help Solve 30-year-old Cold Case

September 11, 2014 12:21 pm | by Carley Gordon, WSMV | News | Comments

A single fingerprint, lifted with a pipe cleaner and super glue, has led investigators to reopen a 30-year-old murder case.                                   

IntegenX Inc. has announced the first state-wide deployment of the RapidHIT System for real-time matching of DNA profiles. They will use the RapidHIT System in conjunction with the SmallPond database software to store and search over 350,000 DNA profiles.

First State-Wide Deployment of DNA Software System at Arizona DPS

September 10, 2014 11:47 am | IntegenX, Inc. | News | Comments

IntegenX Inc. has announced the first state-wide deployment of the RapidHIT System for real-time matching of DNA profiles. They will use the RapidHIT System in conjunction with the SmallPond database software to store and search over 350,000 DNA profiles. 

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 h

Don't Let This Be You

September 10, 2014 8:40 am | by Chris Asplen | Articles | Comments

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. 

DNA Evidence Links Inmate to 1976 Killing

September 9, 2014 7:26 am | by Scott Sonner, Associated Press | News | Comments

A woman who has been in prison for more than 30 years for a Nevada killing was granted a new trial Monday based on recently discovered DNA evidence that her lawyer said ties an Oregon prison inmate to the 1976 slaying of a Reno student and two killings in California.

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Allegheny County Crime Lab Among World's Best

September 9, 2014 5:07 am | News | Comments

The Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, crime lab can perform crime scene investigations for thousands less than other labs and complete the analysis faster. It's one of the top labs in the world, according to Paul Speaker, an associate professor of finance at WVU and principal investigator for the study.

A visit to the Crime Lab can illustrate the advances that the San Bernardino   County Sheriff’s Department in California has made over the past several   years. The Sheriff's Scientific Investigations Division has handled thousands   of cases, and as tech

Prosecutor to Dismiss Charges Against Jamie Lee Peterson

September 8, 2014 9:56 am | by Northwestern univ. | News | Comments

Nearly 18 years after 68-year-old Geraldine Montgomery was found dead in the small northwest Michigan town of Kalkaska, the man falsely accused and convicted of her sexual assault and murder will walk free.                     

Jack the Ripper Identified

September 8, 2014 9:50 am | News | Comments

A self-confessed “armchair detective” claims to have solved perhaps the most notorious whodunit ever by claiming to have discovered the identity of Jack the Ripper. Russell Edwards claims Aaron Kosminski, a 23 year-old Polish immigrant who ended up dying in an asylum, was “definitely, categorically and absolutely” the man behind the grisly killing spree in 1888 in London’s East End.

Kern County Resolves the DNA Mixture Crisis

September 3, 2014 5:37 pm | by Mark W. Perlin and Kevin W.P. Miller | Cybergenetics | Articles | Comments

The forensic community is discussing genotype probability modeling as a way to interpret DNA mixtures. The Kern Regional Crime Laboratory (KRCL) was an early adopter of probabilistic genotyping for mixture interpretation. KRCL's adoption of these computer methods enables Kern County to use complex mixture evidence in routine casework, and easily report their match results.

DNA Evidence Clears Two Men in 1983 Murder

September 3, 2014 10:50 am | News | Comments

The case of two North Carolina men cleared of 30-year-old murder charges provides one of the most dramatic examples yet of the potential harm from false, coerced confessions and of the power of DNA tests to exonerate the innocent.      

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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

DNA Could Exonerate Two in NC Death Row Case

September 2, 2014 10:14 am | News | Comments

Two North Carolina men who have been behind bars for 30 years, one of them on death row, will go before a judge on Tuesday morning to present new DNA evidence of their innocence of the murder and rape for which they were convicted as teenagers in 1984.  

Backlog Led to Delay in Police Misconduct Case

September 2, 2014 9:58 am | News | Comments

Chicago Police Commander Glenn Evans allegedly shoved the barrel of his gun down the throat of Rickey J. Williams in Jan 2013, an act corroborated via DNA testing. So why did it take until Wednesday to charge Evans with aggravated battery and misconduct? According to Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, it was because of a backlog of cases awaiting DNA testing at the Illinois State Police crime lab.

2007 DNA Sample Withheld Until 2010

August 28, 2014 10:55 am | News | Comments

A retired Lucas County sheriff’s detective said she kept a DNA sample from murder suspect Andrew Gustafson in her middle desk drawer for more than three years before turning it over to the Lucas County cold case unit in 2010.  

Handheld DNA Diagnostic Unit

August 28, 2014 10:08 am | News | Comments

A revolutionary handheld and battery-powered DNA diagnostic device invented at the University of Otago is poised to become a commonly used field tool for rapidly detecting suspected viruses or bacteria in samples while also determining the level of infection. It also has many other potential uses, such as border security, forensics, or environmental monitoring.

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

UK Police Seek DNA from Missing Woman's Family

August 28, 2014 10:00 am | News | Comments

When Priscilla Berry vanished from her home in 1978 a question-mark was left over the fate of the 39-year-old. But 36 years later police are hoping to solve the mystery of the missing nurse from Mochdre, Conwy county, thanks to new DNA techniques.  

Experts working to identify the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 have gathered DNA samples from 283 people and have positively identified 173. Wim Heijnen of the Netherlands Forensic Institute said the DNA samples do not all correspond to a victim's

Experts Find 283 DNA Samples from MH17 Site

August 27, 2014 12:54 pm | by Mike Corder, Associated Press | News | Comments

Experts working to identify the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 have gathered DNA samples from 283 people and have positively identified 173. Wim Heijnen of the Netherlands Forensic Institute said the DNA samples do not all correspond to a victim's identification.

A recent study by the British Geological Survey, in association with researchers at the University of Leicester, has delved into the bone and tooth chemistry of King Richard III and uncovered fascinating new details about the life and diet of Britain’s la

Bone Analysis Reveals Richard III's Royal Lifestyle

August 26, 2014 3:19 pm | by Univ. of Leicester | News | Comments

A recent study by the British Geological Survey, in association with researchers at the University of Leicester, has delved into the bone and tooth chemistry of King Richard III and uncovered fascinating new details about the life and diet of Britain’s last Plantagenet king. The study indicates a change in diet and location in his early childhood, and in later life, a diet filled with expensive, high status food and drink.

California Lawmakers Pass Measure Requiring Timely Rape Kit Testing

August 26, 2014 2:59 pm | by Jennifer Chaussee, Reuters | News | Comments

Amid ongoing efforts to address a backlog of unanalyzed rape kits that go untested throughout the country, California lawmakers has passed a bill requiring law enforcement to process the evidence within a certain time frame.       

A visit to the Crime Lab can illustrate the advances that the San Bernardino   County Sheriff’s Department in California has made over the past several   years. The Sheriff's Scientific Investigations Division has handled thousands   of cases, and as tech

DNA Cases in Sheriff’s Crime Lab Increase 500% in 5 Years

August 26, 2014 2:53 pm | by Fontana Herald News | News | Comments

A visit to the Crime Lab can illustrate the advances that the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department in California has made over the past several years. The Sheriff's Scientific Investigations Division has handled thousands of cases, and as technology has advanced, so has the crime lab.

Bucks County Crime Lab Struggles with Backlog

August 25, 2014 2:55 pm | News | Comments

In May, police in Falls Township, Bucks County, pulled over Corey Sean Mcgrogan after getting a call about an intoxicated driver. Three months later, he's still waiting for a district judge to review his case and decide if it should go to trial. The delay is the result of a backlog at Bucks County's crime lab for tests that identify illegal substances.

In this report, the authors describe a novel single-cell STR typing method with high sensitivity, fidelity, and throughput that combines microfluidic droplet generation with a single-cell, multiplex emulsion polymerase chain reaction (PCR).

Microchip Analyzer for Forensic Short Tandem Repeat Typing of Single Cells

August 25, 2014 11:41 am | by Tao Geng and Richard Mathies, NIJ | News | Comments

In this report, the authors describe a novel single-cell STR typing method with high sensitivity, fidelity, and throughput that combines microfluidic droplet generation with a single-cell, multiplex emulsion polymerase chain reaction (PCR).   

Although DNA analysis of an evidentiary swab may reveal the presence of a DNA profile consistent with an alleged victim, the DNA profile cannot indicate whether the DNA came from saliva, vaginal fluid, urine, or a host of other sources. The ability to con

Validation of Highly-specific Protein Markers for Identification of Biological Stains

August 22, 2014 2:03 pm | by Phillip Danielson, NIJ | News | Comments

Although DNA analysis of an evidentiary swab may reveal the presence of a DNA profile consistent with an alleged victim, the DNA profile cannot indicate whether the DNA came from saliva, vaginal fluid, urine, or a host of other sources. The ability to confidently associate a DNA extract with a specific tissue source or to accurately characterize mixed stains, however, can provide criminal investigators with critical information.

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