Monthly Archives: January 2011

Human Populations & Genetics: Past, Present, and Future

My Roseville California
Human migration across the planet is a fascinating study. Did you know that through analysis of DNA, your early origins determined and the path your ancestors took across the globe can be traced. Today our sheer numbers are causing unprecedented climate change, though climate change ironically, may have been the impetus to many of the human migrations over the eons. Africa, Asia, India among other regions carry clues to human meanderings that tie us all in a uniquely tangled web of relation.

Murder suspect wants to get inside DNA lab

WCAX Vermont
The man charged with killing Burlington social worker Kathleen Smith was back in court Tuesday with an unusual request for a judge. His lawyers wanted access to the Vermont Forensic Lab to make sure DNA tests are being done properly.

Aarushi’s parents challenge CBI’s closure report

The Hindu
Parents of slain teenager Aarushi Talwar on Tuesday filed a protest petition in a court here against the CBI’s closure report in the case, alleging that there were “deliberate lapses” in the investigation besides noticeable non-mentioning of material pieces of evidence.

Massacre victim’s body that of TV reporter, DNA test shows

Yahoo News Philippines
Wednesday’s hearing of the Ampatuan massacre trial at the Quezon City Regional Trial Court almost turned into a science lecture, as defense lawyers scrambled to disprove a DNA forensic analyst’s testimony that an unidentified body belonged to UNTV reporter Victor Nuñez, one of the massacre victims.

Louisiana Launches Criminal Hot Spot Initiative In Baton Rouge

GovMonitor Louisiana
The initiative will include housing the East Baton Rouge Violent Crime Unit in the State Police building to help officials better coordinate their efforts to crack down on crime.

DNA Evidence Nabs Third ATM Solutions Suspect

Fox News Missouri
ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI – — DNA evidence helped nab the 3rd suspect in the multi-million dollar ATM solutions heist.

Familial pain: Harringtons press police for controversial DNA test

The Hook Virginia
Dry grass snaps underfoot as Gil and Dan Harrington make their way across the winter-yellowed fields of Anchorage Farm, where one year ago a farmer checking fences discovered the badly decomposed remains of their daughter, Morgan Harrington. The discovery brought a tragic end to a three-month search for the 20-year-old blond beauty, who disappeared after leaving a Metallica concert at the John Paul Jones Arena.

Cold cases will stay unsolved, warns union

Cambridge News UK
Closing the Forensic Science Service and its laboratory at Huntingdon will mean so-called cold cases remain unsolved, a union has warned.

Pickton case well handled, RCMP finds

Global BC Canada
VICTORIA — The RCMP’s internal review of the Robert Pickton serial killer case concluded that the officers involved in the investigation would change little if they had to do things over again.

DNA Solves Murder of CTA Bus Driver, 27 Years Later

Fox Chicago News
Chicago – It took 27 years, but the murder of CTA bus driver Hosey Reynolds during a robbery in his South Side apartment may be solved. DNA evidence collected from a glove left at the scene of the fatal stabbing has led to murder charges against a 45-year-old felon.

DNA Legislation to Help the Innocent

The brutal murder of 22-year-old Katie Sepich in New Mexico on August 31, 2003 has enforced the legislation known as Katie’s Law.
Katie’s parents started Katie’s Law to enforce police to take DNA samples of suspected violent offenders in unsolved cases.

Applied DNA Sciences Working With Richard “Bo” Dietl to Promote Forensic Tools for Law Enforcement and Private Security Firms

Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. (OTCBB: APDN | PowerRating), a provider of DNA-based anti-counterfeiting technology and product authentication solutions, announced today that has signed an agreement with B&E Advising LLC to assist in the promotion of APDN products and services to law enforcement and private security firms.

Bones’ secrets revealed in lab

Denton Record-Chronicle Texas
Harrell Gill-King and Mark Ingraham don’t solve crimes but they help people who do by providing them with more information.
They study skeletal and partially decomposed remains in the University of North Texas’ Laboratory of Forensic Anthropology to assist investigators in detecting crime by determining the circumstances and cause surrounding a person’s death.

N.C. soldier: SBI lab problems should mean new trial

FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — Attorneys for a former Fort Bragg soldier who is on death row in the killings of a mother and her two children say problems at North Carolina’s crime lab should give him a new trial

MPs to probe closure of Forensic Science Service

The Commons science committee has said it is to hold an inquiry into the closure of the UK government-owned Forensic Science Service (FSS).