Daily Archives: January 7, 2011

Lab Gets Record Number of DNA Hits to Help Solve Cases

RALEIGH, N.C. (WGHP) — DNA work by the SBI laboratory resulted in 420 hits to the DNA database in 2010, a record number of matches to help local law enforcement solve murders, rapes and other crimes across the state. The database is expected to be even more help as it begins to include some samples of those who have been arrested next month.

‘Grim Sleeper’ Investigators Open 4 New Missing Person Cases

LOS ANGELES ( KTLA) — Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck says detectives investigating the suspected “Grim Sleeper” serial killer have opened four new missing person cases.

Forensic DNA Test Can Decipher Criminals’ Hair Color

A new genetic test can reveal the hair color of unseen criminal suspects or unidentifiable victims.
The new analysis used a collection of recently discovered mutations linked to hair color, and it can predict the hue of an unknown person’s hair with about 80 to 90 percent accuracy.

Innocent man imprisoned gets 18 years for rape-murder settles suit for $1million

Philadelphia Inquirer
The high-profile drama of a man who spent 18 years in prison for a Burlington County murder and rape he did not commit quietly came to an end after state officials paid him $1 million to settle a federal lawsuit.

Even maggots have a story to tell

Southern Maryland Newspapers Online
In September, two corpses lay side by side in the woods in Owings, an adult and an infant. Fortunately, this was not a real crime scene, only a science experiment, and the victims were pigs, not people. The scene was gruesome nonetheless, with the bodies decaying into skeletons over the course of about 12 days.

DNA markers tested to stop theft

Long Island Business News
Stony Brook-based Applied DNA is testing its DNA technology to mark products to reduce theft of inventory, assist police conducting stings and even work with insurers to help clients mark valuable possessions.

UF study of lice DNA shows humans first wore clothes 170,000 years ago

Univ of FL News
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new University of Florida study following the evolution of lice shows modern humans started wearing clothes about 170,000 years ago, a technology which enabled them to successfully migrate out of Africa.

New Virginia DNA searches possible

Richmond Times
Virginia has obtained the software needed to conduct familial DNA searching and soon could be the third state to employ the crime-fighting tool regularly.