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Measure DNA Molecules Using Smartphone Microscope

December 19, 2014 9:28 am | News | Comments

Researchers from UCLA’s California NanoSystems Institute have reported the first demonstration of imaging and measuring the size of individual DNA molecules using a lightweight and compact device that converts an ordinary smartphone into an advanced fluorescence microscope.

DNA Linking Lab Worker to Murder Likely Contaminated

December 19, 2014 9:21 am | News | Comments

The DNA evidence linking a one-time San Diego police...

Police Hope Sketch Will Help ID Embalmed Head

December 17, 2014 12:31 pm | by Joe Mandak, Associated Press | News | Comments

Police are hoping that a sketch artist's...

Austrian Experts Need Months to Identify Murdered Mexican Students

December 16, 2014 2:33 pm | by Reuters | News | Comments

Austrian forensic experts will need at least two months to determine whether they can identify...

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Police say a suspect was caught by a whisker when DNA from his beard hair led to his arrest.

Beard DNA Leads to Burglary Arrest

December 15, 2014 3:26 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Police say a suspect was caught by a whisker when DNA from his beard hair led to his arrest.                                             

South Dakota's state crime lab has dramatically trimmed turnaround times for DNA and other forensic testing.

SD Crime Lab Speeds Turnaround Times for DNA

December 15, 2014 3:15 pm | by John Hult, Argus Leader | News | Comments

South Dakota's state crime lab has dramatically trimmed turnaround times for DNA and other forensic testing.                                         

Grim Sleeper Defense Says DNA Points to Another Suspect

December 15, 2014 2:57 pm | by Marisa Gerber, Los Angeles Times | News | Comments

Since Los Angeles police first announced that they had made an arrest in the hunt for the so-called Grim Sleeper serial killer, the case involving the slayings of more than 10 women has centered around DNA. But now Lonnie Franklin's attorneys allege that genetic material from another man was found on items collected at the crime scenes of three of the victims linked to their client.

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DOJ Says No Rape Evidence Testing without Consent

December 15, 2014 2:50 pm | by Todd Richmond, Associated Press | News | Comments

The state Department of Justice is recommending police don't submit evidence from sexual assault exams to the state crime lab unless victims have consented to cooperate with investigators.                 

It Is That Absurd

December 15, 2014 5:28 am | by Chris Asplen | Articles | Comments

The DNA database was legislated in every state and nationally for the singular purpose of solving crime. To suggest that investigative leads as important and reliable as a familial relationship cannot be used is absurd. DNA is significantly more reliable than any other kind of evidence available to law enforcement. And consider this fact: a familial match is also, by its very nature an exoneration.

Cold Hit

December 15, 2014 3:29 am | by Detective Lindsey Wade | Articles | Comments

Using DNA collected from convicted sex offenders has been instrumental in solving long-dormant sexual assault and homicide cases. Despite nearly universal laws requiring convicted sex offenders to provide a DNA sample, the rules for how and when those samples are collected could be a significant roadblock for cold case detectives around the country.

San Francisco Police Clear 10-year Rape Kit Backlog

December 12, 2014 3:09 pm | by Jonah Owen Lamb, The Examiner | News | Comments

A decadelong backlog of rape kits — used to test for sexual assault forensic evidence, including DNA — at the San Francisco Police Department is no more, according to the department.                   

A District Court Judge is considering whether DNA gathered at the crime scene of a 1972 rape and murder is admissible as evidence in the case against the Albany County man accused of the crime.

Judge Weighs Cold Case DNA Evidence

December 11, 2014 3:32 pm | by Chilton Tippin, Laramie Boomerang | News | Comments

A District Court Judge is considering whether DNA gathered at the crime scene of a 1972 rape and murder is admissible as evidence in the case against the Albany County man accused of the crime.               

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Lula Miller left her Laurel, Ind., home November 1, 1974. She was never heard from again. Workers discovered a body October 1, 1975, in a sewer. The decomposed remains could not be identified. Nearly 40 years later, utilizing the Internet’s power and adva

DNA Will Help One Mystery Answer Another

December 10, 2014 2:57 pm | by Mike Emory, Pal-Item | News | Comments

Lula Miller left her Laurel, Ind., home November 1, 1974. She was never heard from again. Workers discovered a body October 1, 1975, in a sewer. The decomposed remains could not be identified. Nearly 40 years later, utilizing the Internet’s power and advanced DNA testing, Indiana State Police Sgt. Scott Jarvis hopes he’ll answer both lingering questions.

Millions of documents stored in archives could provide scientists with the key to tracing agricultural development across the centuries. Thanks to increasingly progressive genetic sequencing techniques, the all-important historical tales these documents t

Scientists Examine DNA in Ancient Parchment

December 10, 2014 2:46 pm | by Trinity College Dublin | News | Comments

Millions of documents stored in archives could provide scientists with the key to tracing agricultural development across the centuries. Thanks to increasingly progressive genetic sequencing techniques, the all-important historical tales these documents tell are no longer confined to their texts; now, vital information also comes from the DNA of the parchment on which they are written.

LabCorp Announces Acquisition of Bode Technology

December 9, 2014 10:59 am | Bode Technology Group, LabCorp | News | Comments

Laboratory Corporation of America® Holdings  has announced the completion of its acquisition of Bode Technology Group, Inc., from SolutionPoint International, Inc.                       

Moving Beyond Buccal Samples with the DNAscan™ Rapid DNA Analysis™ System

December 9, 2014 4:19 am | Webinars

The DNAscan™ Rapid DNA Analysis™ System was developed to enable crime laboratories and law enforcement agencies to process DNA samples in under 90 minutes, thereby helping to accelerate the criminal investigation process. DNAscan System is fast, rugged, and easy-to-use and was initially designed and optimized to process single source, reference buccal swabs. Further development at NetBio is supporting expanded capabilities for the system.

DNA Analysis Identifies Bone Fragment as that of Missing Mexican Student

December 8, 2014 5:55 am | News | Comments

The blur of scientific talk from the investigators washed over him — something about a bone fragment, DNA testing, probability — as he sat dazed in an abandoned classroom at the teachers college his son attended. But Ezequiel Mora wanted to know only one thing: Was his son Alexander dead or not?

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FBI DNA Quality Assurance Standards Now Include Rapid DNA Analysis

December 8, 2014 5:51 am | IntegenX, Inc. | News | Comments

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has updated their current DNA databasing standards to include an Addendum to the Quality Assurance Standards for DNA Databasing Laboratories performing Rapid DNA analysis and Modified Rapid DNA Analysis Using a Rapid DNA Instrument. 

MD High Court Requires Additional DNA Testing for Admissibility

December 4, 2014 9:29 am | News | Comments

Maryland's highest court has ruled that criminal defendants can't present evidence of DNA matches to other suspects at trial unless additional testing has confirmed the results. In a ruling last week, the Maryland Court of Appeals found that defense attorneys have the same burden as prosecutors when presenting DNA evidence.

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

CA Court Rules DNA Collection at Arrest Unconstitutional

December 4, 2014 9:15 am | News | Comments

A state appeals court decided unanimously Wednesday that California’s practice of taking DNA from people arrested for felonies -- though not necessarily convicted or even charged -- violates the state constitution.

DNA Identifies Richard III

December 3, 2014 5:01 am | News | Comments

Scientists say there is "overwhelming evidence" that a skeleton found under a parking lot is that of England's King Richard III, but their DNA testing also has raised questions about the nobility of some of his royal successors.  

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.

Watson to Auction His Nobel Prize for DNA Discovery

December 2, 2014 10:40 am | News | Comments

You may never actually win a Nobel Prize, but that doesn't mean you can't take one these prestigious awards home with you. Next week, the Nobel Prize gold medal that was awarded to James Watson in 1962 for the discovery of the twisted-ladder structure of DNA hits the auction block in New York City.

Forensic experts in crime labs around the world could soon have a new tool to help them better analyze DNA evidence thanks to the work of a Rutgers University–Camden computer scientist.

New Way to Analyze DNA Evidence Under Development

December 1, 2014 1:18 pm | by Rutgers University | News | Comments

Forensic experts in crime labs around the world could soon have a new tool to help them better analyze DNA evidence thanks to the work of a Rutgers University–Camden computer scientist. The research is focused on finding a way to more accurately analyze DNA evidence at a crime scene.

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 University’s Biodesign Institute and IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center have developed a prototype DNA reader that could make whole genome profiling an everyday practice.

WI Preps for Expanded DNA Testing

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

The Wisconsin Department of Justice has hired nearly twenty more workers and begun a pricey renovation of its Madison crime lab so that it will be able to handle tens of thousands of additional DNA samples when new collection requirements take effect next year.  

DNA Could Free Inmate After 36 Years

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

  A man convicted of murder in the 1978 shooting death of a Southern California man should be freed after 36 years behind bars, based on DNA analysis and investigative reports withheld from his trial attorney, a prosecutor said on Wednesday after a judge overturned the conviction.

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.   

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