Daily Archives: March 31, 2011

Forum targets sexual assaults

The Advocate Louisiana
LAFAYETTE — Of the 144 victims of sexual assault who participated in a local survey, only 12 percent said they reported the crime and less than 1 percent followed the case through to the end, an official said Wednesday during a public forum on sexual assault.

Human Origins and Global Genetic Variations

The Bright Hub
According to a study released in the magazine Science Express in April 2009, global genetic variations between populations define the origin of the species. These human genetic variations between DNA markers are most prominent among the population of sub-Saharan Africa. The ten-year study of African and non-African populations traced human origins to 14 distinct ancestral groups descending from Namibia and Angola. It appears that populations migrated from these areas, eventually leaving the continent through East Africa. As this occurred, genetic diversity lessened amongst populations. This supports the Out of Africa theory of human origins.

Diamond burglary raises alarm at Baselworld

International Business Times Switzerland
As haute culture horology and jewelry brands across the globe conveyed at Baselworld, Switzerland, for one of the biggest industry fairs; a gang of five stole diamonds and gemstones worth millions of dollars.

Review of military crime lab sought

News Observer
WASHINGTON — A U.S. senator has called for an independent investigation of the military’s premier crime lab to ensure that innocent people weren’t wrongfully convicted on the basis of work by a discredited analyst.

Bill to Reduce Wrongful Convictions Passes House

My Fox Austin Texas
Austin, TX – The Texas House, aiming to reduce the number of wrongful convictions, approved legislation Wednesday that would require law enforcement agencies to begin standardizing the way eyewitnesses identify criminal suspects.

Profiles in DNA

Promega Corporation
Volume 14 No. 1, March 2011
Implementation of the PowerPlex® 18D System in a Databasing Laboratory: Transforming Operations to Improve Efficiency
Julie French of the Michigan State Police shares her experiences with the new PowerPlex® 18D System. Learn how your lab can skip the DNA purification steps and shorten thermal cycling times when amplifying database samples, and dedicate additional resources to more time-consuming tasks.