Daily Archives: April 27, 2011

States Grapple with Compensation Laws for Boom in Exonerated Convicts

ABC News
One year after DNA evidence exonerated Alan Northrop, who had served 17 years in prison for a rape and kidnapping he didn’t commit, he’s still waiting for the state of Washington to compensate him for its mistake.

Bill to Test Rape Kits Comes With Big Price Tag

The Texas Tribune
Thousands of untested rape kits could be examined for DNA evidence, but a bill considered today by a Senate panel carries a hefty price tag. The result could be that the boxes remain stacked on shelves in police storage rooms across the state.

Ancient DNA: Curse of the Pharaoh’s DNA

Nature News
Some researchers claim to have analysed DNA from Egyptian mummies. Others say that’s impossible. Could new sequencing methods bridge the divide?

Lab Overwork

Salt Lake City Weekly
A new bill will increase the number of samples state labs will need to test for drugs and alcohol, but some labs are already behind on the workload.

Italy: Mona Lisa to be exhumed for DNA sample

IGN Itlay
Florence, 6 April (AKI) – Art historians are due to dig up the remains of who they believe posed for Leonardo da Vinci’s iconic Mona Lisa in order to extract the DNA to recreate the face of the noblewoman who died almost 500 years ago and provided the world with what may be history’s most famous smile.

Truman State closing crime lab as part of budget cuts

Truman State University is continuing to make cutbacks as a result of decreasing state appropriations, with a recent announcement that the Northeast Missouri Criminalistics Laboratory will close.