Daily Archives: February 28, 2011

UWI’s DNA gold mine


Jamaica Observer
IN 2007, two years after its creation, Caribbean Genetics (CARIGEN) burst into the public spotlight with research suggesting that more than 30 per cent of Jamaican men were not the biological fathers of their children.

Mothers Can Get Baby DNA Samples


Centreville Patch Virginia
Inova Fair Oaks and other Virginia hospitals will have to offer new mothers a take-home DNA sample from their baby under a bill approved at the request of the forensic sleuth who inspired the fictional crime fighter, Dr. Kay Scarpetta.

SA is unlikely to pass DNA legislation any time soon


Business Day News South Africa
LEGISLATION making it possible to collect DNA samples from suspects or convicted offenders is unlikely to be passed by Parliament any time soon.

Second autopsy uncovers new evidence


Trinidad Express Trinidad and Tobago
A second autopsy has been performed on the body of eight-year-old Daniel Guerra, who was found dead in a river last Sunday, two days after he was taken from outside his home.

Crime lab in Maynard uncovers DNA clues

Metrowest Daily News Massachusetts
MAYNARD — Inside a third-floor lab off Acton Street, a box-shaped EZ1 Advanced XL countertop robot – “Ernie” – is now helping the Massachusetts State Police crime lab tackle the 1,500 or so DNA cases received each year.

Criminalist: No Spector DNA on gun

Today on MSNBC
LOS ANGELES — Phil Spector’s DNA was not found on the gun that killed Lana Clarkson, a criminalist testified Monday, but he suggested it might have been hidden under the large amount of the actress’ blood on the weapon.

DNA traces criminals in the family


MSNBC
In 1988, 20-year-old Lynette White was fatally stabbed in South Wales. The murder went unsolved for 15 years, until a fresh DNA sweep of her apartment in 2000 turned up spots of blood on a skirting board that had been missed the first time around.

Christchurch earthquake: DNA sought to identify victims

New Zealand Herald
Families awaiting news on the Christchurch earthquake are receiving calls from disaster victim identification teams, asking them to bring in toothbrushes and hairbrushes and anything else that may help formally identify their loved ones.