Monthly Archives: January 2012

Senate Passes DNA Databank Expansion Legislation

New York
The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Steve Saland (R-I-C, Poughkeepsie) and Senator Martin Golden (R-C, Brooklyn), for the largest expansion of the state’s DNA databank since it was created in 1994.

DNA Turning Human Story Into a Tell-All

New York Times
The tip of a girl’s 40,000-year-old pinky finger found in a cold Siberian cave, paired with faster and cheaper genetic sequencing technology, is helping scientists draw a surprisingly complex new picture of human origins.

Florida International University Receives $349,000 Grant From the Department of Justice

SOUTH EASTON, Mass., Jan. 31, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Florida International University (“FIU”) and Pressure BioSciences, Inc. (Nasdaq:PBIO) (“PBI” and the “Company”) today announced that FIU has been awarded $349,130 from the Office of Justice Programs of the Department of Justice (“DOJ”). The grant will support the continued development of a faster and more accurate method of processing DNA evidence for rape prosecutions using PBI’s patented Pressure Cycling Technology (“PCT”) Platform.

Fall River gets $148K grant to update crime lab

FALL RIVER — The Police Department’s Crime Scene unit office is being revamped following the receipt of a federal grant.

Genetic Identity Webinar: Development and Validation of a 21-locus STR Multiplex

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Genetic link between Native Americans and Asians strengthened

Medill Reports
Could a remote, mountainous region in southern Siberia be the genetic source from whence Native Americans sprung?

Forensic lab of South Asia to be operational soon, says Shahbaz

The Nation India
LAHORE – Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said the latest forensic lab of South Asia will soon be fully operational in Lahore to probe the criminal evidence on most modern scientific lines

State crime lab’s problems have put murder cases on hold

The Connecticut
…The forensic lab in Meriden, years behind in testing physical evidence in all but the highest-priority cases, lost its certification from the American Society of Crime Lab Directors (ASCLAD) in August 2011. The FBI also audited the lab and stopped allowing it to submit DNA information to a national databank…

Serbs, Croats “have most similar DNA”

SKOPJE — A six-year long DNA research of the Balkan peoples conducted by Skopje Forensics Medicine Institute has showed remarkable resemblance among them.

Call renewed for DNA data bank for missing people

Vancouver Sun Canada
Melanie Alix has worked through the heartache after spending more than three years searching for answers since her 21-year-old son disappeared.
The Saskatchewan woman has now added her voice to a call for a DNA data bank for missing people and their family members, similar to the system in place for criminals. She hopes a national system could provide closure and answers to countless families left in despair after losing a loved one.

Heat coming to cold cases in St. Johns, Jacksonville

A federal grant will reopen files, some dating back 30 years.

DNA Sampling for More Criminals Possible

ABC News Iowa
A bill was introduced at the Statehouse this week that would help police keep better track of criminals, maybe even solve crimes quicker. But not everyone’s on board with it.

N.J. must boost DNA collection to solve crime, protect innocent

…Other states do already. Nearly two dozen have adopted legislation requiring DNA samples to be taken after an arrest. President Obama supports it. But in New Jersey, we require DNA samples from those charged with only certain violent crimes. That makes our state’s forensic database much weaker…

Lawmaker Wants To Expand DNA Crime Database

DES MOINES, Iowa — Investigators routinely use DNA to solve criminal cases in Iowa and now lawmakers want to expand the number of people being added to that DNA database in hopes of solving even more crimes.

California attorney general says DNA backlog is gone

The California Department of Justice will be able to analyze routine DNA evidence in only 30 days, up to four times faster than before, Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris announced Wednesday.