Daily Archives: March 30, 2011

Federal Funding Helps Crack Cold Case Crimes

Fox4KC Kansas
MISSION, KS— Officials say that thanks to federal cold case funding provided to the Johnson County crime lab two rape cases from the 1990’s have been solved.

911 Families Fear Budget Cuts Will Halt Identification of Remains

DNA Info Manhattan
MANHATTAN — Families of victims of the World Trade Center attack urged the city to restore funding after the chief medical examiner warned that state budget cuts could jeopardize his office’s work identifying remains.

A “mammoth” find in Monterey County

It’s a mammoth find in Monterey County. Back in December, farmers working their land came across some strange looking rocks, which turned out to be prehistoric mammoth bones. Now their former farmland has turned into an excavation site.

DNA Genotek inks Spanish distribution pact

Ottawa Busness Journal
One of Spain’s top biological product distributors has agreed to sell DNA Genotek’s products in the European country.
The news comes a couple of weeks after DNA Genotek, which sells kits that can collect DNA from saliva, said it is seeking approval from the United States’ top health authority for its products.

Georgia DNA database legislation called unconstitutional

Rome News Tribune Georgia
A bill that would have required a DNA sample to be taken from anyone arrested on a felony charge in Georgia was revamped after several lawmakers questioned its constitutionality.

More states use familial DNA as powerful forensic search tool

BOSTON — A powerful forensic search tool known as familial DNA is gaining clout for its ability to identify suspects when all else fails and criticism for its potential to be unfair.
Recently adopted in Virginia and under consideration in Pennsylvania, the controversial search technology is used in Colorado and California, where it was credited with nabbing suspects in the Grim Sleeper serial murders and a coffee shop rape case.

Can new DNA technology help nab Daytona Beach serial killer?

Channel 13 News Florida
Daytona Beach’s top cop believes new DNA technology will help his department catch the serial killer who has eluded police since 2005.