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The pressure applied from skin onto a surface is a major driver of how much trace DNA evidence crime scene technicians may find at a scene, according to a recent paper by the University College London in the journal Forensic Science International.
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11:54am
1.8.2018
A landmark U.S. Supreme Court case ruled in 2013 that Maryland could continue to collect DNA from those arrested and charged with serious felonies, if probable cause was supplied. Now California’s Supreme Court is mulling a similar, but different...
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1:11pm
1.5.2018
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A Y-STR DNA sample from a victim of a college-dorm rape will be admitted at the trial of a former MIT basketball player, a judge ruled this week.
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1:59pm
12.29.2017
Baytown police say they've finally made an arrest in a murder case which stumped them for 19 months, thanks to unintentional help from the alleged killer's brother.
by Kevin Quinn, ABC13
10:45am
12.28.2017
An Argentine federal judge ruled on Tuesday that the death of Alberto Nisman was a homicide.
by Noga Tarnopolsky, Haaretz
10:24am
12.28.2017
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The Fremont County Coroner has identified the body of a man whose skeletal remains were found in September 2016. The remains were found by a hiker in the west end of Fremont County on Sept. 28, 2016.
by Tracy Harmon, The Pueblo Chieftain
10:27am
12.27.2017
Tips from the public, and a key DNA hit, have led to murder, rape and kidnapping charges for the alleged killer of Mandy Stavik, 28 years after her body was found in the Nooksack River in northwestern Washington.
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12:09pm
12.15.2017
A pioneering forensic technique, developed in Scotland, helped bring one of Britain's most sophisticated crime gangs to justice.
by Paul O'Hare, BBC Scotland
11:07am
12.15.2017
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The Chachapoyas, the “Warriors of the Clouds,” were a people that lived in the northern elevations of Peru, and put up a long-running struggle against the Inca Empire, which they eventually lost. A new deep dive into the DNA of these “warriors”...
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11:50am
12.14.2017
Thirty years after the first use of DNA profiling, this new technology may change everything.
8:00am
12.14.2017
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Dutch police have arrested a suspect in the 1992 rape and murder of a 19-year-old woman after asking over 100 men to volunteer their DNA for testing, authorities announced Monday.
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1:46pm
12.13.2017
Police in Antioch, California made the shocking announcement Monday night that they have solved one of the city’s most notorious cold case homicides, the kidnapping and murder of 14-year-old Suzanne Bombardier, who disappeared while babysitting her...
by Nate Gartrell, Aaron Davis and Rowena Coetsee, East Bay Times
12:27pm
12.12.2017
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In late November 2017, the Massachusetts Office of Chief Medical Examiner (MAOCME) issued their first official identification of a deceased person based on the accredited use of Rapid DNA in their lab. MAOCME only just recently became accredited for...
by Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate
12:24pm
12.8.2017
The Virginia State Crime Commission on Monday endorsed legislation that would add thousands of offender DNA profiles to the state databank. If it becomes law, the DNA-related legislation could add a half-dozen or more misdemeanors to the list of...
by Frank Green, Richmond Times-Dispatch
11:39am
12.5.2017
Three DNA testing companies have slashed prices for the holidays for their home testing kits that can tell consumers about their ancestry, and a wealth of data underpinning the genetic sequencing at the very core of their biology. But a U.S. senator...
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1:15pm
11.27.2017
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Rapid DNA, a quickly-spreading technology that got a boost with federal legislation this summer, was what allowed the quick resolution of the murder of 35-year-old Rhyhiem Hodge on Nov. 12 in Carlisle Borough, Pennsylvania, according to the...
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11:50am
11.22.2017
A Texas man confessed to murder in front of a church congregation just days after police released a DNA “Snapshot” matching his description, authorities say. Ryan Riggs, 21, was at church with his parents last week when he got up and told fellow...
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11:36am
11.22.2017
International customs officials have a major challenge in preventing illegal sale of poachers’ spoils. Tests can take days, in which time the ill-gotten contraband could be brought through a point of entry. Now, a new tool unveiled at a major...
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10:43am
11.20.2017
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A 41-year-old Denver man has been charged with second-degree murder after blood-smeared coins and pants linked him to the 1995 stabbing death of a man found in the parking lot of Prairie Middle School.
by Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post
12:52pm
11.7.2017
Y-chromosome profiles should be used in criminal investigation and in prosecutions—but need to be presented with particular caution in front of juries—according to a new study focusing on the use of the genetic profiles published in the online...
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1:27pm
11.6.2017
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More than 38 years after Janie Landers was brutally stabbed and beaten to death, an Oregon State Police detective was finally able to return a pair of earrings to her family and deliver the news they'd long waited to hear: He knew who killed the 18-...
by Whitney Woodworth, Statesman Journal
11:33am
11.2.2017
A Democratic lawmaker on Monday proposed a ballot measure that would bar certain convicted rapists and sex traffickers in California from being eligible for early release and expand the list of crimes for which a perpetrator’s DNA is collected.
by Kathleen Ronayne, Associated Press
11:06am
10.31.2017
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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
Familial searching, partial matching and lineage searches are in use in many states, and continue to gain ground, according to a series of papers produced for the Office of Justice Programs by the ICF consulting firm.
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1:29pm
10.16.2017
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
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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
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
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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
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
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