Monthly Archives: July 2011

DNA evidence focus of Knox trial Saturday

Associated Press Italy
PERUGIA, Italy — Prosecutors at Amanda Knox’s appeals trial battled it out Saturday with independent forensic experts who say some of the key DNA evidence used to convict the American student of murdering her British roommate was unreliable and possibly contaminated.

Independent Forensic Experts Discredit DNA Evidence in Amanda Knox Case

Zimbio Italy
Court appointed independent forensic experts, Stefano Conti and Carla Vecchiotti, from Rome’s Sapienza University, released a scathing report in late June detailing gross negligence on the part of lead forensic scientist, Patricia Stefanoni, regarding the key DNA evidence used to secure the convictions of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito in the first trial.

Half of Swiss men share ‘pharaoh gene’

The Local Switzerland
Every second Swiss male is related to the Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun, according to researchers in Zurich.

High-throughput sequencing of core STR loci for forensic genetic investigations using the Roche Genome Sequencer FLX platform

BioTechniques, Vol. 51, No. 2, August 2011
Sarah L. Fordyce*1, Maria C. Ávila-Arcos*1, Eszter Rockenbauer2, Claus Børsting2, Rune Frank-Hansen2, Frederik Torp Petersen2, Eske Willerslev1, Anders J. Hansen2, Niels Morling2, and M. Thomas. P. Gilbert11Centre for GeoGenetics, Natural History Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark
2Section of Forensic Genetics, Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

…Here we present an STR profiling method based on the use of the Roche Genome Sequencer (GS) FLX to simultaneously sequence multiple core STR loci…

Antigua honeymoon murders: a long wait for justice

The Telegraph UK
The trial of Ben and Catherine Mullany’s killers has been one of the most remarkable cases in Antigua’s legal history.

Retired FBI Agent Steve Moore calls Amanda Knox Forensics ‘Horrible’

Winston-Salem News Rome
“They were doing unsound forensic techniques that lead to cross contamination. Their techniques were … horrible,” he said. “If you showed that video tape in an American court you would have lost most of your evidence.”

Unusual Evidence Uncovered Inside Ohio’s Crime Lab

10 TV News Ohio
LONDON, Ohio — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said that he hopes to cut the time it takes to process DNA and fingerprint evidence in half.

Experts to Discuss Controversial DNA Technologies at 22nd International Symposium on Human Identification

MADISON, Wis.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Phenotyping. Rapid DNA testing. Familial searching. The intricacies and controversies surrounding breakthrough DNA technologies are among the timely issues in DNA analysis that will be explored, debated and illuminated at this year’s International Symposium on Human Identification (ISHI), October 3-6 in Washington D.C.

60 years after dying in POW camp in Korea, Goodridge man’s remains returned to community who never forgot him

INFOrum Minnesota
GOODRIDGE, Minn. – As the hearse bearing Army Cpl. James Norman Sund’s flag-draped coffin pulled up outside Faith Lutheran Church here more than an hour before Tuesday’s funeral was to begin, dozens of people lined the street, waiting.

Skeleton Found in Chimney 27 Years After Man Disappeared

ABC News Louisiana
The remains of Joseph Schexnider, missing for 27 years, were finally discovered lodged in a brick chimney at the Abbeville National Bank in Louisiana.

Simon Bolivar Tests Don’t Rule Poisoning In or Out

Third Venezuela
…Jose Antonio Lorente, a forensics expert, of the University of Granada, led the study of DNA samples from Bolivar…

Ministers accused of DNA database U-turn

The Home Office has denied breaking a pledge to delete the DNA profiles of more than a million innocent people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

ISFG Meeting Site

The 24th World Congress of the International Society for Forensic Genetics will be held August 29-September 3, 2011
This year’s meeting will be hosted by the University of Vienna (founded in 1365) Austria

DNA can be taken from suspects at time of arrest, judges say

Pittburgh Tribune Review
A divided federal appeals court ruled on Monday that the government can take DNA samples from people arrested on federal charges before they’re convicted, setting up a likely battle before the Supreme Court.

DNA stored in police fridge for 21 years credited with cracking case

Toronto News
The hunt by GTA police for killer and rapist Alexander Winston Sylvester began 30 years ago, at a time when there were no computerized police data banks or DNA testing.