ASCLD Train the Director Series

The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) and the American Society of Crime Lab Director’s (ASCLD) are partnering to bring the crime lab leadership community an expansive training series highlighting five different forensic disciplines:

Crime Gun Intelligence (Thursday, January 24, 2:00 PM ET – 3:00 PM ET)
Digital Forensics (Thursday, January 31, 2:00 PM ET – 3:00 PM ET)
Fire Debris Analysis (Thursday, February 7, 2:00 PM ET – 3:00 PM ET)
Trace Analysis (Thursday, February 14, 2:00 PM ET – 3:00 PM ET)
Quality Assurance (TBD)
Attend any or all of these webinars using the link below.

He’s accused of killing two police officers. His trial can’t begin until the shutdown ends.

The lapse in federal government funding affected the Department of Homeland Security and the Justice Department, which includes the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Justice Department employees involved in criminal investigations and prosecution are among those working without a paycheck.

House supports Morrison’s bill providing new tool to identify human remains

Indianapolis, IN – The House of Representatives voted Tuesday in support of State Rep. Alan Morrison’s (R-Brazil) proposal giving coroners one more way to quickly and accurately identify human remains.

Employers cannot use genetic information to make employment decisions

A health care center in Phoenix recently addressed the question of whether it could legally obtain DNA from its male employees.
The facility needed to determine whether any of its workers was responsible for impregnating a woman who had been living at the facility in a vegetative state for 10 years following a drowning.

Why China Is the Brave New World of Editing Human DNA

The headline-making births last November of the world’s first gene-edited babies (twin girls) was unsurprising in one way: The scientist involved was from China. As part of its effort to dominate scientific spheres including biotechnology, China has taken the lead in testing uses of Crispr, a tool newly available to researchers enabling them to alter DNA codes simply and inexpensively. Chinese scientists were the first to test Crispr in monkey embryos, in non-viable human embryos, in adult humans, and now in creating designer babies. Now China is confronting accusations that its regulatory system is overlooking the ethical considerations and medical risks.

DNA solves Rudolf Hess doppelgänger conspiracy theory

Adolf Hitler’s deputy flew to Scotland in 1941 and was imprisoned for the rest of his life. But was the man in Spandau really Rudolf Hess? Now a DNA test has revealed the truth

Coming Soon to a Police Station Near You: The DNA ‘Magic Box’

BENSALEM, Pa. — They call it the “magic box.” Its trick is speedy, nearly automated processing of DNA.
“It’s groundbreaking to have it in the police department,” said Detective Glenn Vandegrift of the Bensalem Police Department. “If we can do it, any department in the country can do it.”

Uhuru backs law change to start listing of Kenyans’ DNA

The government is now free to collect data on Kenyans’ DNA and physical location of their homes including satellite details during registration of persons.

DNA tool allows you to trace your ancient ancestry

Scientists at the University of Sheffield studying ancient DNA have created a tool allowing them to more accurately identify ancient Eurasian populations, which can be used to test an individual’s similarity to ancient people who once roamed the earth.

Twins get some ‘mystifying’ results when they put 5 DNA ancestry kits to the test

Chief geneticist at a popular ancestry company admits it’s ‘kind of a science and an art’

Lab-on-a-chip helps search for human DNA at crime scenes

Thanks to the work carried out by University of Twente Ph.D. candidate Brigitte Bruijns, crime scenes can now be inspected on the spot for the presence of human DNA. In her Ph.D. thesis, she describes a lab-on-a-chip that rapidly indicates whether a trace discovered at a crime scene contains human DNA and, thus, whether it should be examined in the laboratory.

DNA results in two hours at a jail? Measure supported by Tulsa County would prepare for new tech

OKLAHOMA CITY — Pending legislation would allow jails to use a relatively new DNA testing method that can deliver results in under two hours, helping law enforcement solve crimes faster.

Columbus man convicted of 1976 rape and murder is granted a new trial after lack of DNA evidence

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – After more than 4 decades behind bars, a Columbus man convicted of raping and murdering a soldier’s wife, may now be given a new trial. This comes after a local Judge ruled that new testing found his DNA was not present on key pieces of evidence.

DNA and the Globalization of Humanity

Two questions that have occupied the human mind since the beginning of civilization are “Who am I?” and “Where did I come from?” Today, with just a swab of saliva, millions of people worldwide have been able to take a peek into their genetic past, thanks to DNA testing. In most cases, such testing reveals a complex global and regional circulation of bloodlines.

Is Ancient DNA Research Revealing New Truths — or Falling Into Old Traps?

Geneticists have begun using old bones to make sweeping claims about the distant past. But their revisions to the human story are making some scholars of prehistory uneasy.