Courting Change: a Fresh Take on DNA Profiling

Y chromosome profiling, important in sexual assault cases, can often be presented incorrectly in court. New math could help by taking the ambiguity out of the equation.

Ancient DNA Tells Tales of Humans’ Migratory History

Fueled by advances in analyzing DNA from the bones of ancient humans, scientists have dramatically expanded the number of samples studied­­ – revealing vast and surprising migrations and genetic mixing of populations in our prehistoric past.

Smoothing the Transition to MPS for Forensic Laboratories

Thursday, March 29, 2018
Forensic laboratories have much to consider before adopting massively parallel sequencing (MPS). In this webinar, Dr. de Knijff will discuss considerations around implementation of MPS in the forensic laboratory. View additional information below.

Time: 16:00 GMT+1
10:00am EST
09:00am CST
07:00am PST

Piecing together a Cape Cod pirate mystery

WEST YARMOUTH, Mass. — A human bone freed from a mass of sediment found in the area of the sunken Whydah pirate ship could hold enough DNA to help scientists determine whether it belonged to the pirate captain Samuel “Black Sam” Bellamy.

Cold case detectives hope to link local unsolved crimes to serial killer Ted Bundy

SEATTLE – More than 50 years after serial killer Ted Bundy began his murderous terror spree, local investigators are pushing to solve old crimes that could be connected to the serial killer while he lived in the Pacific Northwest.
KIRO 7 learned that Washington investigators are looking at evidence from two unsolved murders, using state-of-the-art technology.
However, there is one major hiccup — Ted Bundy’s DNA is not in the Washington state database.

ICMP: The first Results of DNA Analysis from Laboratories in The Hague to arrive in BiH in March

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), whose DNA Laboratory was moved from BH to The Hague will start with profiling of the cases from the Western Balkans already in the upcoming month, when the new laboratory system is fully functional, as confirmed by Sasa Kulukcija, the spokesperson of ICMP.
To recall, the new laboratory was moved to The Hague at the end of December last year.

DNA Links Fort Bragg Soldier To 2013 Cypress Rape

CYPRESS, TX — Justice hoped for can be a long shot in a lot of cases, and for the family whose child was beaten and sexually assaulted in February 2013, that has been the case for five years.
By DNA taken from a bloody sweatshirt found in a gas station bathroom, as well as DNA collected from the victim, linked a Fort Bragg soldier to the sexual assault and kidnapping of a then-teenaged girl.

App Developers Hope To Battle Rape Kit Backlog With NowtRKit

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A group of engineers are using their technology to help end the backlog of rape kits — with an app.

India Has To Build A Dna Database: Tim Schellberg

India has not been focusing on collection, testing and comparing DNA for faster convictions, said Tim Schellberg, founder and President of Gordan Thomas Honeywell Governmental Affairs (Forensic DNA Law and Policy). He was speaking at the 24th All India Forensic Science Conference at Gujarat University on Sunday. A panel discussion on ‘Building DNA Casework in India to Strengthen Investigation in Sexual Assault Cases’ saw participation from lawyers, FSL officers, IPS and academicians.

Israel: DNA tests may provide answers on missing babies

Nazareth, Israel – Thousands of Israeli families who have been searching in vain for answers since their babies mysteriously disappeared in the early 1950s – shortly after Israel’s creation – have been thrown a lifeline.

Wisconsin rape kits testing yields new suspects in 11 cases

MADISON – Wisconsin’s four-year effort to address a mountain of untested evidence from old sexual assault cases is beginning to yield results: DNA from at least 20 cases has been matched with national offender databases.

Britain’s Dark-Skinned, Blue-Eyed Ancestor Explained

A recent facial reconstruction of a 10,000-year-old skeleton called the “Cheddar Man” has revealed a man with bright blue eyes, slightly curly hair, and dark skin.
“It might surprise the public, but not ancient DNA geneticists,” says Mark Thomas, a scientist at the University College London.

Greek Military Building DNA Database to ID Fallen WWII Troops

Greece’s military is setting up a DNA database to help identify the remains of Greek WWII soldiers who died and were buried in Albania.
The Hellenic National Defence General Staff announced on Wednesday the establishment of the database with samples from living relatives to help the authorities identify sets of remains currently being exhumed in Albania.

Register Now for ISHI 29!


Grow your career in forensics at the 29th International Symposium on Human Identification. In addition to the symposium’s scientific program that runs from September 25-27, a wide range of workshops will be offered before and after the symposium.

Workshops will include:
• Root Cause Analysis in Forensic Laboratories
• Analysis using Multiple Parallel Sequencing and mtDNA
• Leadership for Forensic Professionals
• Forensic Software Validation and Verification
• Plus many more options
Register by August 1 to receive early bird rates on the symposium and workshops.

Man who found woman’s body in 1988 arrested for murdering her

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -Police have arrested a man who found a woman’s body in the desert nearly 30 years ago, saying DNA evidence leads them to believe he is the one who killed her.