Daily Archives: October 26, 2010

Improvements in DNA Yield From Forensic Samples and Other Important Benefits Reported With Pressure Cycling Technology (PCT)

Market Watch.com
…A study entitled Pressure Cycling Technology (PCT): Applications for Forensics DNA Analysis was presented by Ms. Pam Marshall, MS, et al., from the Institute of Investigative Genetics, Department of Forensics and Investigative Genetics at the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC), Fort Worth, Texas. Results from the study showed an increase in DNA yield from forensic swab samples prepared with PCT compared to samples prepared without PCT. These results confirmed and extended the data presented by UNTHSC scientists at the 20th Human Identification Meeting in October 2009 and the Harvard Medical School Symposium on High Pressure in May 2010, where data were presented that showed significant improvements in DNA yield from challenging forensic samples using PCT. …

Bosnia: bones of at least 97 people found in lake

Associated Press
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Authorities in Bosnia and Serbia said Tuesday they had recovered the skeletal remains of at least 97 people from the banks of a border lake that was partially drained this summer for maintenance.

Rapid DNA testing being developed at University of Arizona

CHANDLER, AZ (KOLD) – Television shows like CSI make it look so simple: a positive match or identification in just a matter of minutes. But DNA testing isn’t nearly as simple or as quick as you might think.

Once a sample makes it to the lab, it usually takes about 14 days to process and get the results.

That is, until now.

Lab to develop new methods for analyzing sexual assault evidence

The Oklahoma Daily
An OU research lab will begin working with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation on its forensic investigation of sexual assault cases.

Dr. Shaorong Liu’s lab at the Stephenson Life Sciences Research Center has focused its research on detecting and identifying small molecular proteins, but will soon move to a new project helping the bureau’s crime lab in Edmond develop more efficient methods of separating male and female cells from sexual assault evidence.