DNA

Serial rapist Tommie Lee Andrews, who was sent to prison nearly 30 years ago after being the first person in the United States to be convicted on DNA evidence, has returned to court in Orange County to plead for his release. Andrews finished his...
by WESH2
10:58am
6.28.2017
Months after hundreds of cases were thrown into question over improper DNA interpretation at the Broward Sheriff's Office Crime Laboratory, the public defender's office says defendants aren't getting a fair shake at challenging potentially tainted...
by Brittany Shammas, Miami New Times
10:49am
6.27.2017
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The moment of truth for a notorious suspected “chameleon” serial killer in 2002 came when his fingerprints matched his identity from more than a decade before with the unexpected speed of the latest Advanced Fingerprint Identification System.
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5:36pm
6.20.2017
A top New York State forensic science body on Friday approved the use of the emerging DNA technique of familial searching, a method used in 10 other states that has led to the solving of numerous cold case murders.
by Anthony M. DeStefano, Newsday
9:11am
6.20.2017
The devastating fire that struck a high-rise tower in London may have been so powerful that it destroyed much of the DNA evidence needed to identify its victims. Firefighters keep searching the charred ruins of the Grenfell Tower public housing...
by Maria Cheng, Associated Press
8:37am
6.19.2017
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Kentucky's highest court is reviewing a judge's decision last year to release two men accused of killing a woman as part of a satanic ritual, considering whether the judge abused his authority by overturning the men's convictions in a case that...
by Adam Beam, Associated Press
9:37am
6.9.2017
A state prosecutor and defense attorneys will ask a judge on Thursday to set aside the murder conviction of Alfred Swinton and to order a new trial. Swinton was convicted based in part on testimony that his teeth matched a bite mark on the victim,...
by Dave Altimari and David Owens, Hartford Courant
9:51am
6.8.2017
Sophisticated forensic DNA software represents a huge advance for forensic analysts, significantly improving their ability to contribute to criminal investigations in which DNA evidence formerly was considered too complex to interpret. However,...
by Richard Wivell
8:00am
6.8.2017
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Authorities trailing a man suspected of sexually assaulting and killing two young women who disappeared from their Los Angeles neighborhoods used his DNA to tie him to the 2011 crimes after he spit on a sidewalk. Investigators began focusing on...
by Michael Balsamo, Associated Press
9:59am
5.31.2017
A man described by British police as a "serial rapist" has been jailed for a further 12 years for a sex attack dating back almost three decades. Raymond Manners, 56, admitted raping a woman on February 23, 1991. Manners was already serving 10 years...
by BBC News
10:36am
5.30.2017
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In China, the government has forged ahead in building what is apparently the most massive genetic database in the world. Authorities have been collecting DNA from people brought in only for questioning, those seeking passports or other official...
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12:39pm
5.26.2017
A man now charged in connection with two rapes and one attempted rape in uptown Athens, Ohio over a 10-year period starting in 2006 managed to avoid DNA collection when he was arrested by the Ohio State Highway Patrol for a felony firearm offense in...
by David DeWitt, The Athens News
10:53am
5.22.2017
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A special state subcommittee Friday will be fine tuning a proposal for New York State to use familial searching, an emerging DNA technique used to solve cold case homicides around the country. Under proposed guidelines, special DNA analysis will be...
by Anthony M. DeStefano, Newsday
11:31am
5.19.2017
The DNA sample taken from a Catholic priest who died in 2001 does not match evidence from the unsolved 1969 killing of Baltimore nun Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik, Baltimore County police said Wednesday. The announcement came days before the premiere...
by Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun
12:04pm
5.18.2017
A suspect in the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl in Ireland was identified after his DNA was taken when he was arrested for a traffic offense. The breakthrough in the case was revealed in a report by Forensic Science Ireland (FSI), which...
by Shane Phelan, Irish Independent
11:41am
5.18.2017
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A massive murder investigation that involved more than 15,000 DNA samples to catch the killer of a 13-year-old Italian girl was awarded the “DNA Database Hit of the Year” by an influential lobbying firm. The case involved a series of sophisticated...
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11:18am
5.17.2017
CODIS was set up nearly 30 years ago with an eye toward making it an exacting identification system based on 13 markers. A new paper demonstrates that the 13 loci have information encoded in their markers that could indicate much of how the rest of...
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3:28pm
5.15.2017
Fred M. Jones was one of 429 sailors aboard the USS Oklahoma when it sank Dec. 7, 1941, following an attack by the Japanese on Pearl Harbor, but he was declared missing in action by the U.S. Navy. Jones' body was recently identified after the Navy...
by Roberto Acosta, MLive
11:40am
5.9.2017
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In 2012, New York became the first state to begin collecting DNA from every person convicted of a crime. Officials say this practice is what led them to John Bittrolff, who has been charged in the 1993 and 1994 murders of two women, after his...
by Frank Eltman and Tom Hays, Associated Press
9:45am
5.8.2017
About 8,000 Nevada inmates are not in CODIS or other DNA databases, due to a loophole in Nevada law. These inmates were locked up before standard genetic collection began in the 1990s, and the law was never enforced retroactively. Efforts are...
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5:02pm
4.25.2017
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Australian scientists are using specialist DNA technology to identify the remains of soldiers dating back to World War I. Bone fragments from 10 soldiers who served in France and Papua New Guinea are being tested in a process that until now was...
by Nicole Chettle, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
10:57am
4.24.2017
A mix of high-tech analysis of genetic markers and a keen observation of a detective who jotted a suspicious license plate on his hand led right to a suspected killer's door, authorities announced Saturday, after an arrest was made in the murder of...
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12:38pm
4.17.2017
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The Louisiana State Police Crime Lab is preparing to expand its criminal DNA testing to include familial searching. Louisiana intends to join a growing list of states that over the past decade have cautiously adopted the controversial technique.
by Jim Mustian, The New Orleans Advocate
9:11am
4.17.2017
DNA examination on four bullet casings and a black T-shirt from the scene of a murder has been ordered in response to a motion filed late last year by Antoine D. Young, who was convicted of the 2007 killing and has served eight years of a life...
by Joe Duggan, Omaha World-Herald
12:46pm
4.3.2017
Familial searching is now an investigative option for criminal cases in New York, after a unanimous vote by a state forensic agency today. The approval follows the high-profile murder of a jogger last summer, in which prosecutors and the victim’s...
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11:42am
3.28.2017
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Some countries allow searching of entire DNA information which allows police to look for genes coding what a person looks like, and where their ancestors came from. Germany is now considering a measure that would allow wider investigative use of DNA...
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12:18pm
3.27.2017
A man who killed his ex-partner 36 years ago has been convicted of her manslaughter after new DNA techniques linked him to chewing gum used to conceal her body. Osmond Bell, 60, was sentenced to 12 years for the killing of Nova Welsh in July 1981.
by William Watkinson, International Business Times
10:55am
3.24.2017
It played out in front of a packed hotel ballroom of some 800 people at last year’s International Symposium on Human Identification (ISHI) in Minneapolis: the unexpected reunion between the survivor of a brutal serial rapist and the forensic analyst...
by Karen Burkhartzmeyer, Promega Corporation
8:59am
3.22.2017
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A "magic box" recently acquired by the Bensalem Police Department in Pennsylvania will enable the department to solve some crimes within about 90 minutes, said the Bucks County district attorney as he unveiled the new rapid-result DNA testing device...
by Peg Quann, Bucks County Courier Times
10:37am
3.17.2017
A mysterious hunting accident provided a new test for wildlife forensics. Alain Frantz is a population geneticist—not a detective or forensics expert. But when the case of a dead hunting dog fell in his lap, Frantz used his expertise to help solve...
by Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic
11:27am
3.16.2017
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The greatest advance in criminal investigations since fingerprints is the application of DNA technology to the criminal justice process. The proper collection and analysis of DNA can convict the guilty and exonerate the innocent.
by Vernon J. Geberth, M.S., M.P.S.
3:18pm
3.13.2017
Executed murderers and those convicted of indecent exposure are not in the DNA databases in Washington state—but a new bill proposes to add them. The bill, which advanced to committee last month, could crack unsolved crimes, according to its...
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4:58pm
3.10.2017
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A Suffolk County prosecutor is trying to persuade a judge to make her court the first in the U.S. to admit a new forensic test that points to one identical twin in a rape case—and not the other. Standard tests cannot distinguish between identical...
by David Boeri, WBUR
9:14am
3.7.2017
Post-conviction DNA testing—usually reserved for murder and rape cases in Kansas—will be allowed in the Johnson County robbery case of 47-year-old Jack LaPointe, convicted in 2000, after the Kansas Supreme Court declined to stop the testing Friday.
by Justin Wingerter, The Topeka Capital-Journal
10:13am
3.6.2017
Dozens of police departments around the U.S. are amassing their own DNA databases to track criminals, a move critics say is a way around regulations that restrict who can provide genetic samples and how long that information is held.
by Michael Balsamo, Associated Press
9:26am
3.6.2017
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"Code of a Killer," a British miniseries that premiered on streaming service Acorn TV for North American viewing on Feb. 27, chronicles the history of DNA fingerprinting technology and the breakthrough murder case that popularized it.
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11:59am
3.1.2017
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has reversed a Court of Appeals decision that would have allowed DNA testing of evidence from a 1982 Ozaukee County homicide case, and set aside its own prior precedent in the process.
by Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
11:28am
3.1.2017
New twin-splitting technology is being put to the test for the first time ever in a Boston courtroom this week, and Suffolk prosecutors hope the new-age science can finally help solve a pair of rapes that occurred nearly 15 years ago.
by Bob McGovern, Boston Herald
10:09am
2.14.2017
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Jeb, a much-loved service dog for an elderly man, was locked up in animal control and sentenced to die for killing a neighbor's dog. That's when Jeb's owners asked to have testing done to see whether Jeb's DNA matched the DNA in the other dog's...
by Elizabeth Cohen, CNN
9:58am
2.13.2017
A committee uncovering the fate of hundreds of missing Greek and Turkish Cypriots said Saturday it's examining whether past DNA tests on unearthed remains were incorrect, resulting in individuals being misidentified.
by Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press
9:47am
2.13.2017
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