Daily Archives: March 14, 2011

New DNA forensic technology takes aim at rapists


West Cape News South Africa
A unique DNA forensic kit, which researchers say will be able to increase South Africa’s conviction rate in rape cases, particularly gang rapes, has been developed by scientists at the University of the Western Cape (UWC).Professor Sean Davison, Head of UWC’s DNA Forensics Laboratory, said the new technology, which has taken three years to develop, will make it easier to identify male perpetrators, and in cases where there was more than one rapist, be able to separate the perpetrators individual DNA.

Springs unit hot on cold cases with new DNA testing machine


Denver Post Colorado
COLORADO SPRINGS — A robotic DNA processing machine at the Colorado Springs Police Department will soon be humming as it helps solve murder mysteries up to 60 years old.

Advance In DNA Testing Could Make Law and Order Easier to Keep


KBOI
(JERUSALEM) — When it comes to cracking crime, DNA analysis can often help investigators confirm or eliminate suspects. But it has one central limitation: when one DNA sample mixes with another, there’s no method to identify one DNA strand beyond a reasonable doubt — making evidence inadmissible in court. But a new technique developed in Israel

Big brother DNA databank proposal rejected


Radio Netherlands Worldwide
A suggestion by Rotterdam police chief Frank Paauw to store the DNA of the whole Dutch population to solve crime has led to a numerous reactions from politicians and the public in the Netherlands. Many of the reactions were voiced via Twitter.

Wisconsin budget plan adds money for DNA tests


LaCrosse Tribune Wisconsin
MADISON – Gov. Scott Walker wants to spend close to $1 million to stave off another burgeoning DNA backlog at the state crime labs, even though Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen declared the problem solved a year ago and the state faces a looming budget deficit.

Identigene DNA Paternity Test Kit Featured on Popular Television Program ‘The Doctors’


Business Wire
SALT LAKE CITY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Identigene today announced that the Identigene DNA Paternity Test Kit was featured on the popular syndicated talk show “The Doctors.” Drs. Jim Sears, Travis Stork, Lisa Masterson and Drew Ordon emphasized that questions of paternity are frequent and common among their patients, and the Identigene test kit can provide answers with result probabilities up to 99.99 percent.