DNA

A federal judge this week unsealed the source code for a software program developed by New York City’s crime lab, exposing to public scrutiny a disputed technique for analyzing complex DNA evidence.
by Lauren Kirchner, ProPublica
12:18pm
10.20.2017
The California appellate court has ordered convicted murderer Florencio Jose Dominguez to be re-tried, or released—since the DNA mixture evidence presented at his second trial was already “invalid,” the judge ruled.
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1:28pm
10.11.2017
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Battelle and its scientists unveiled the results of the first wide forensic science trials of next-generation DNA sequencing last week at the International Symposium for Human Identification. Their verdict for the ISHI crowd: the technology proved...
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12:29pm
10.10.2017
After decades of waiting to know what happened to their relative, Tampa Police officials told the Williams family that they found a DNA match in a jawbone found in 1986. Brenda Williams, a young mother of two, went missing in 1978.
by Tamara Lush, Associated Press
11:58am
10.10.2017
DNA mixtures comparison was a major topic of presentations yesterday at the annual International Symposium for Human Identification. The forensic analysis of complex mixtures will be a major research project, the National Institute for Standards and...
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1:19pm
10.5.2017
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Since his 1990 conviction on two first-degree counts of murder, Jens Soering has been behind bars. But now a sitting Virginia sheriff and a group of forensic experts argue Soering could not have committed the crime, based on new considerations of...
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1:30pm
9.28.2017
Murdoch University forensic researchers have made a promising discovery, which could aid investigations into sexually-motivated homicide cases. In a small pilot study, the researchers found that human DNA sourced from semen could be successfully...
by Murdoch University
10:04am
9.27.2017
ProPublica is asking a federal court for access to the source code for New York City’s proprietary DNA software, which some scientists and defense lawyers contend may be inaccurate in matching a defendant to a complex sample of genetic material.
by Lauren Kirchner, ProPublica
11:24am
9.26.2017
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Two long-imprisoned men were granted new trials Friday in a deadly 1993 video store robbery, after recent DNA tests on an important piece of evidence matched a man never connected to the case before.
by Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press
11:14am
9.19.2017
The latest DNA technology, investigative persistence and a handwritten confession have led to the killer and rapist responsible for a brutal slaying, 25 years after the crime, Massachusetts authorities announced Monday.
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11:04am
9.19.2017
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In 1991, a jury convicted Darnell Phillips of raping a 10-year-old girl. Several years ago, the Innocence Project took up his case using DNA evidence. Last Wednesday, an Innocence Project attorney took the latest DNA evidence to a judge. This...
by Matt Gregory, WAVY-TV
12:19pm
9.18.2017
With 40 percent of the victims of the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center still unidentified, experts are holding out hope that improvements in DNA-analysis methods will allow future identification of at least some of the remains of 1,112...
by Anthony M. DeStefano, Newsday
11:12am
9.11.2017
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Scientists have created a self-testing DNA swab that could make it much easier to prosecute the perpetrators of sexual violence in poor and war-torn countries where victims typically have poor access to forensic tools.
by Tom Bawden, iNews
12:35pm
9.5.2017
A Japanese court was not informed that DNA found on duct tape stuck to the head of a murdered 7-year-old girl did not belong to the man convicted of killing her, officials say. Instead of the physical evidence, the court relied on confessions the...
by The Asahi Shimbun (Japan)
10:59am
8.29.2017
A Jacksonville man is to be sentenced Aug. 25 after pleading guilty to second degree murder in the 1979 murder of Karen Johnson, a cold case that the State Bureau of Investigation recently reopened using new forensic technology.
by The Courier-Tribune (N.C.)
12:45pm
8.24.2017
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The high-profile case of a former Oklahoma City police officer convicted of raping women while on duty focused the public's attention on the problem of sexual misconduct on the force, but his appeal raising questions about DNA evidence is playing...
by Sean Murphy and Adam Kealoha Causey, Associated Press
12:39pm
8.24.2017
Police are narrowing their search for the mother of “Hope,” an infant whose body was found hanging in a plastic bag at a Virginia Beach business in 1996.
by Adrienne Marie Mayfield, Southside Daily
11:55am
8.23.2017
The Rapid DNA Act of 2017, signed into law by President Donald Trump on Friday, proposes lowering the turnaround rate of DNA entering CODIS to 90 minutes or less, directly at booking stations around the country in some situations – potentially...
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12:52pm
8.22.2017
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Police have destroyed DNA samples collected years ago from several black men in a controversial 2004 sweep in Omaha now that a suspect in a series of rapes has been charged.
by Associated Press
10:13am
8.21.2017
After a year of a multi-agency investigation, authorities finally have their man: the “Chameleon” killer was one Terry Peder Rasmussen, a U.S. Navy veteran whose wife left him and took their four children before he went on a historic killing spree...
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11:08am
8.18.2017
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Prosecutors' reliance on DNA evidence and police credibility went on trial, along with a man they call murderer, kidnapper and arsonist, as a 24-year-old Mesa, Arizona cold case finally made it to court Tuesday.
by Sean Holstege, Pheonix News Times
12:19pm
8.16.2017
In a chance occurrence, the Y-STR mixture in the underwear of a rape victim was provided solely by two of three convicted suspects, and the third was only exonerated when a fuller profile of the DNA showed he was excluded from the mixture, as...
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12:17pm
8.10.2017
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A man accused of burglarizing a Southern California home took a bathroom break and left DNA evidence in the toilet that led to his arrest, an investigator said Tuesday.
by Associated Press
9:00am
8.9.2017
A mass DNA test being organized in the Netherlands, in a bid to find the killer of an 11-year boy almost 20 years ago, is to be delayed until 2018, the public prosecution department said on Thursday. Officials plan to ask 15,000 men, mainly from...
by Dutch News
9:26am
8.4.2017
An arrest has been made in the 2009 killing of Sierra Bouzigard in Louisiana. Authorities announced Monday that a match to suspect Blake A. Russell had been made through DNA. Russell's arrest followed a tip based on a sketch built by Parabon...
by KPLC
10:12am
7.25.2017
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A 16-year-old who disappeared after running away from home in 1976 has been identified as one of the 33 victims of serial killer John Wayne Gacy. Jimmy Haakenson's was only recently identified thanks to DNA technology that wasn't available when the...
by Don Babwin and Jeff Baenen, Associated Press
9:35am
7.20.2017
New York State Police are hoping, more than three decades after the murder and dismemberment of 19-year-old Tina Foglia, that her case will be an early candidate for DNA familial searching, a special test approved for use this fall in New York state.
by Mary Murphy, PIX11
12:16pm
7.17.2017
Forensic Magazine has found that seven states had prisoners whose DNA had not been collected, and who were not in CODIS. Most often, these states had no retroactivity conditions in their DNA laws, which were generally enacted in the 1990s and were...
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9:44am
7.17.2017
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Police in Victoria, Australia will begin the painstaking task of retesting all the forensic exhibits held in relation to the 1980 stabbing murder of Maria James to build a DNA profile of her killer, after admitting they had used the wrong sample to...
by Nino Bucci, The Age
10:27am
7.13.2017
Police officials in Lake County, Florida are hoping the rarely used procedure of familial DNA testing will help reveal the identity of "Julie Doe," a transgender woman found dead in a rural area in 1988.
by Christal Hayes, Orlando Sentinel
11:01am
7.12.2017
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A research team has shown that human blood extracted from mosquitoes remains viable for DNA analysis up to two days after feeding. Human DNA from mosquitoes can help police work out who was at a crime scene and, in the future, might provide evidence...
by Nagoya University
11:27am
7.10.2017
A Missouri man who spent nearly two decades in mental hospitals after entering a disputed plea in the 1997 sexual assault of a teenager has been cleared of the crime after genetic evidence was re-tested and excluded him as a suspect.
by Jim Suhr, Associated Press
9:38am
6.30.2017
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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
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
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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
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
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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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