Daily Archives: May 5, 2011

The Science of Identifying Bin Laden

Nova
…We rounded up the latest news on the science behind the identification and got some expert insight from Robin Cotton, Associate Professor and Director of the Biomedical Forensic Sciences Program at Boston University.

Air France Crash Victim’s Body Recovered

Bloomberg
Underwater salvage teams retrieved a body from the wreck of the Air France Airbus that crashed into the Atlantic two years ago as they seek to collect more evidence to help explain the worst disaster in the airline’s history.
Investigators took a tissue sample for DNA analysis, French police said today. The sample will be sent to Paris with the flight recorders to determine whether the victim can be identified, according to an e-mailed police statement.

Did Rapid DNA Analysis Verify Osama Bin Laden’s Death?


Scientific American
…Professor Frederic Zenhausern at the Center for Applied Nanobioscience and Medicine said that the technology he is developing through the UK Forensic Science Service “is currently under validation by several crime labs in the UK, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands.”…

Bin Laden DNA ID Would be Fast and Easy Using ‘Standard’ PCR Tech, Experts Say


PCR Insider
Three days after President Barack Obama announced that US Special Forces had killed Osama Bin Laden, government officials have yet to disclose details on the DNA testing that resulted in a “99.9 percent” identity match, and it remains unclear whether they will choose to at all.

Science proves we killed Osama bin Laden, President Barack Obama says


Detroit Free Press
…A leading forensic expert in the country told the Free Press that confirming bin Laden’s identity — which couldn’t be done by DNA alone — was “very much a classic forensic case.”
“A little bit of DNA, facial reconstruction, eyewitness testimony — it all came together,” Mitchell Holland said…

Applied DNA Sciences Launches SmartDNA in Swedish Jewelry Stores

Morningstar
STONY BROOK, NY — (Marketwire) — 05/05/11 — Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. (OTCBB: APDN), a provider of DNA-based security solutions, announces the successful launch of SmartDNA™ in Sweden by a country-wide collaboration involving the Swedish National Police, SKL (National Forensic Laboratory), a large Scandinavian Insurance company, Safe Solution, and APDN.

Sorenson Forensics Identifies Remins of the Mother of Zulu’s King

Sun Herald Utah
Sorenson Forensics Collaborates with DNATest – South Africa to Identify Remains of Former Zulu Queen