Daily Archives: October 8, 2010

Faulty DNA Kits Could Mean Retesting Hundreds of Cases

NBC Connecticut
The state is looking for a settlement from a that supplied DNA tests from the State Police forensics laboratory with because they were faulty, Gov. M. Jodi Rell said.

The state spent about $300,000 on the tests and might need to retest about 3,000 pieces of evidence.

Justice Department Awards $64.8 Million to Reduce DNA Backlog

PR Newswire
WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The U.S. Department of Justice today announced that more than $64.8 million in Fiscal Year 2010 funding was awarded to 115 state and local governments to increase crime lab capacity and to reduce sample turnaround time at laboratories across the country.

Accused’s DNA found near murdered Glasgow radio host

BBC News
A black glove found near the body of murdered radio agony aunt Nasim Jamil contained DNA matching the accused Khalid Sarwar, a court has heard.

Forensic scientist, Carol Weston, 36, told the High Court in Glasgow that in her opinion the glove was dropped after Mrs Jamil was attacked

Forensic scientists launch six-hour dna profile

Dutch News.NL
Scientists at the national forensic institute in The Hague have developed a way to obtain dna out of trace evidence within just six hours, the Telegraaf reports on Friday.

Exposing the truth hidden in a tooth

The Daily Telegraph Australia
IT was the toughest thing Alain Middleton thought he would ever have to do.
The dental detective had been the key to identifying the skeleton of a murder victim as a 24-year-old woman and it was up to him to tell the mother her daughter was dead.

Yersinia Pestis Bacteria Confirmed as Cause of Middle Ages ‘Black Death’ Plague Epidemic

Science Daily
ScienceDaily (Oct. 8, 2010) — The latest tests conducted by anthropologists at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) have proven that the bacteria Yersinia pestis was indeed the causative agent behind the “Black Death” that raged across Europe in the Middle Ages.

Orchid Cellmark Inc announces expansion of DNA analysis footprint across UK

Trading Markets.com
DNA testing services company Orchid Cellmark Inc (Nasdaq: ORCH | PowerRating) stated on Thursday the receipt of a total estimated annual contract valued at approximately USD1.2m under the latest National Forensic Procurement regional tender.