DNA EVIDENCE: Preliminary Observations on DOJ’s DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction Grant Program

Many state and local crime labs across the country have backlogs of requests for DNA analysis of crime scene evidence.
Since 2011, the Department of Justice has awarded nearly $500 million to states and localities through a grant program to help reduce DNA evidence backlogs.
This testimony covers preliminary observations and analyses from our ongoing review of the program. For example, we found that backlogs are growing as several factors increase demand for DNA analysis. Also, labs may not have the resources to keep up with demand.

Under the Microscope – Jennifer Janetsky

Situated 60 miles north of Detroit, Flint was a Michigan boomtown and the birthplace of GM more than 100 years ago. In the 1980’s GM famously shuttered the Fisher 1 Body Plant, ripping out the heart of Buick City, and sending 80,000 people to the unemployment line overnight. Those who could leave did, and those who stayed struggled to make ends meet, living hand-to-mouth as the city crumbled around them.
In its Heyday, the Flint Police Department had 300 sworn police officers and 20 partnered cars rolling every shift in a city of 200,000 citizens. By 2010, Flint had 88 sworn officers, five of whom were rolling alone each shift, desperately trying to police a city of 100,000 angry and distrustful citizens. Crime exploded. 15 murders a year became 50. 20 forcible rapes became 100. Once known as “Vehicle City”, Flint earned a new title: “Murdertown, USA”.

And then we poisoned the water.

True story of how Prince Philip’s DNA solved Russian Romanov murder mystery

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It was the mystery that captured the imagination of the world, as a Russian Imperial dynasty was ruthlessly executed before details of their disappearance obfuscated for decades.
Now the true story of how the Duke of Edinburgh helped piece together the murders of Tsar Nicholas II and his family is to be told by the Science Museum in a new exhibition detailing how his DNA provided the key.

Child-killer taunted investigators for 30 years with disturbing notes. DNA ends the mystery of who did it, police say

(CNN)For three decades, the abduction, rape and murder of 8-year-old April Tinsley in April 1988 had frustrated Indiana investigators.
The mysterious killer’s taunting messages admitting to the crime, scrawled on a barn door and on paper notes threatening to kill again, only added to the desire to solve the cold case. Still, no suspect could be found.
But thanks to advances in genealogy and DNA technology, the suspected killer was arrested and then confessed to the crime on Sunday — more than 30 years after April’s death.

Nutrisystem, Inc. Launches Groundbreaking DNA Body Blueprint™ Nationwide

FORT WASHINGTON, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nutrisystem, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTRI), a leading provider of health and wellness and weight management products and services including Nutrisystem® and South Beach Diet® brands, today announced the launch of DNA Body Blueprint™, a genetic-based product using a proprietary algorithm that provides an integrated personal action plan focused on eating behaviors, nutrition and metabolism. The national marketing campaign will debut this week.

Type of DNA genealogy research used in April Marie Tinsley case described as possible ‘game-changer’ in cold cases

The type of genetic genealogy research that helped identify a suspect in the April Marie Tinsley murder case has the potential to assist in a wide range of police investigations, one of the technique’s pioneers said.
“It definitely is a game-changer for cold cases, and it could be a game-changer for cases that are not that cold,” genetic genealogy expert CeCe Moore said during a phone interview Sunday night with News-Sentinel.com.

U.S., Lagos Partner To Train Forensic Crime Investigators

Lagos – A United States Institute, National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) Colorado, United States of America has partnered with the Lagos State Government through the Office of Public Defender (OPD) to organize a 3-day training programme on Forensic and Crime Scene Investigation for OPD’s counsels to enable them to improve on their skills in the discharge of their duties.

Keeping you current Ancient DNA Offers Insight on Origins of Southeast Asia’s Present-Day Population

Smithsonian- Researchers sequenced 26 genomes using DNA samples dating as far back as 8,000 years.

5,300 Years Ago, Ötzi the Iceman Died. Now We Know His Last Meal

It took 20 years to find his stomach. Now researchers know what was inside—in excruciating detail.

What’s Inside This Massive Egyptian Sarcophagus?

This black granite sarcophagus was found in a tomb in Alexandria, Egypt. Dating back over 2,000 years, it is the largest sarcophagus ever found in Alexandria, archaeologists believe.

DNA evidence leads to arrest in 2016 Windsor jewelry theft

Windsor police are crediting DNA evidence for a recent arrest on a break-and-enter case that happened at a residence on Pillette Road more than two years ago.

Union Cabinet approves DNA Technology Regulation Bill, 2018

India- The Union Cabinet has cleared a Bill that allows law enforcement agencies to collect DNA samples, create ‘DNA profiles’ and special data banks for forensic-criminal investigations The aim of the Bill is to set up national and regional DNA data banks for maintaining a national database for identification of victims, suspects in cases, under trials, missing persons and unidentified human remains. Let’s understand the main provisions of this Bill and what they mean.

U.S. May Soon Resume Search for Korean War Dead in North Korea

North Korea may allow the United States to resume a search for thousands of American war dead from the 1950-53 Korean War, but it will be months before excavations can begin and years until bone fragments are identified, a senior US official said.

Volcanos and DNA

About 75,000 years ago, a massive volcanic eruption in Indonesia, one of the most powerful known volcanic eruptions in the last two million years, came close to wiping out the human species. How have scientists come to this conclusion? Lava and DNA.

Newport Beach police release DNA profile of possible suspect in girl’s 1973 slaying

Forty-five years after the body of 11-year-old Linda Ann O’Keefe was found among the cattails in Newport Beach’s Back Bay, police have released computer sketches of a possible suspect that were generated using DNA evidence from the crime scene to predict the man’s appearance.
Police hope the sketches will provide a break in finding Linda’s killer after an investigation spanning four decades has yielded few clues.