Daily Archives: February 23, 2012

HCSO: Violent crime decreased countywide by 38%

Hennepin County
…”Improved use of technology by law enforcement: In 2011, at the Sheriff’s Office Crime Lab, there were approximately 7,200 requests for lab services from law enforcement agencies across the county. The Sheriff’s Crime Lab is unique compared to most other labs, because places an emphasis on processing DNA in property crime cases. Studies have shown that in communities where DNA analysis is used to investigate property crimes, there’s been a reduction in violent crime as well…”

Abbott Collaborates with Leading U.S. Forensics Center on Human Identification Testing

PR Newswire
ABBOTT PARK, Ill., Feb. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Abbott /quotes/zigman/216393/quotes/nls/abt ABT +0.05% has entered into an agreement with the University of North Texas Science Center, one of the nation’s leading forensics institutions, to evaluate the company’s award-winning PLEX-ID(TM) instrument for use in analyzing human remains to support missing persons and human trafficking investigations. UNT Health Science Center works closely with state and federal law enforcement agencies and identifies a large percentage of human remains found in the United States every year.

DNA analyzing device goes from idea to market — all in Nebraska

Streck Inc.’s Philisa Thermal Cycler, shown here, can greatly accelerate DNA testing. Matthew Kreifels, right, is Streck Inc.’s molecular technology project manager. From left are the men who invented the device: Hendrik Viljoen, Joel TerMaat and Scott Whitney. Their idea for the device was born about eight years ago when the three were academics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.