Daily Archives: March 6, 2012

BiH takes steps to become a world forensic centre

SE Times Southeast Europe
Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) is making plans to become the global centre for DNA-identification expertise and technology that has reached as far as the US, Thailand and Iraq, but it faces logistical and financial challenges before reaching its full potential.

Basque Origins Predate Arrival of Farmers in Iberian Peninsula, DNA Analysis Finds

National Geographic
Comprehensive analysis of Basque genetic patterns has found that Basque genetic uniqueness predates the arrival of agriculture in the Iberian Peninsula some 7,000 years ago, the Genographic Project announced today.

Lockheed Martin and ZyGEM Announce Upcoming Early Release of Rapid DNA Analysis Platform for Human Identity Testing

Wall Street Journal Market Watch
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. and BETHESDA, Md., March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Lockheed Martin /quotes/zigman/150087/quotes/nls/lmt LMT -0.72% and ZyGEM Corp. Ltd. announced plans to release a version of their rapid DNA analysis platform that is designed to simplify and speed DNA analysis for human identity testing. Pre-production units of the platform will be released this summer to select customers in the forensic, homeland security and intelligence communities.

Lakehead University, in Partnership with Warnex PRO-DNA Services Awarded Funding for Forensic Mitochondrial DNA Database

BRAMPTON, ON, March 5, 2012 /CNW/ – Gamma-Dynacare Medical Laboratories announced today that Lakehead University, in partnership with Warnex PRO-DNA Services (a division of Gamma-Dynacare Medical Laboratories), has been awarded a grant from the Government of Canada to create a new North American mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) database for use in forensic investigations by law enforcement agencies.

Iowa Senate expands DNA samples for criminals

Quad City Times
DES MOINES — More people who are convicted or plead guilty to crimes would be required to provide DNA samples for profiling under a bill approved Monday by the Iowa Senate.

RI Senate to vote on expanding DNA testing law

The Rhode Island Senate is set to vote on a proposal to require anyone arrested for a violent crime to submit a DNA sample to authorities.

The case against DNA

The Telegraph UK
Genetic profiling was once hailed as a magical tool to catch criminals. So why is it now in danger of being discredited?

Washoe County Crime Lab receives federal grant for DNA analysis

The Republic
RENO, Nev. — The Washoe County sheriff’s office has received a $342,000 federal grant to reduce the backlog of DNA samples awaiting analysis.