Monthly Archives: June 2012

Cavemen Bones Yield Oldest Modern Human DNA

What may be the oldest fragments of the modern human genome found yet have now been revealed — DNA from the 7,000-year-old bones of two cavemen unearthed in Spain, researchers say.
These findings suggest the cavemen there were not the ancestors of the people found in the region today, investigators added.

Ancient Hunter-Gatherers Kept in Touch

Until about 8500 years ago, Europe was populated by nomadic hunter-gatherers who hunted, fished, and ate wild plants. Then, the farming way of life swept into the continent from its origins in the Near East, including modern-day Turkey. Within 3000 years most of the hunter-gatherers had disappeared. Little is known about these early Europeans. But a new genetic analysis of two 8000-year-old skeletons from Spain suggests that they might have been a remarkably cohesive population both genetically and culturally—a conclusion that other researchers find intriguing but possibly premature.

Explore Leading-Edge Forensic DNA Technologies and Techniques at the 2012 International Symposium on Human Identification

MADISON, Wis., Jun 28, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — The rapid expansion of DNA technologies has both technical and ethical implications. Forensic professionals interested in learning about developing forensic DNA technologies and exploring the potential impact are invited to join scientists, law enforcement professionals and forensic experts at the 23rd International Symposium on Human Identification (ISHI), October 15-18 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Alaska glacier wreckage is 1950s military plane

In this Monday June 25, 2012 photo provided by the U.S. Army, a Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) recovery team works at the site where military aircraft wreckage was found on Colony Glacier, Alaska. The surface was marked with deep crevasses so the team took numerous safety precautions to mitigate the risk. The five-man team initially went out to investigate the area, but deteriorating conditions on the glacier caused the team to transition into recovery mode to ensure the most amount of evidence could be recovered for further analysis at JPAC’s Central Identification Laboratory. Photo: U.S. Army, Jamie D. Dobson / AP

High Court Tempers Stance on Lab Test Testimony

In a 5-4 decision issued June 18, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a rape conviction despite the defendant’s objection that his constitutional right to confront prosecution witnesses was violated because he could not cross-examine the lab test analyst who produced his DNA profile.

Ruling voids Ariz. law on sampling juveniles’ DNA

Analyzing the DNA samples of juveniles who have not been found guilty of any crime is an unconstitutional warrantless search, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

Russian Interior Ministry to Co-Finance Creation of DNA Database

The Ministry of the Interior is buying equipment to create a DNA database based on the one in the U.K.
President Putin has approved amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code stipulating DNA testing of all unidentified bodies, with the results to be registered in a database of genomic information. This is expected to significantly increase the crime clearance rate. The Interior Ministry, which initiated the above amendments, is willing to invest 1 billion rubles ($30 million) in DNA analysis equipment.

Thermal Gradient Manufacturing New DNA Testing Device

Thermal Gradient Inc, a developer of disposable DNA testing devices, has initiated the manufacture of its next generation device.

IntegenX Unveils RapidHIT Human Identification System to U.K. Forensic Community

IntegenX Inc., a privately held company and leading developer of rapid human DNA identification technology, DNA sequencing library preparation systems, and DNA/RNA room temperature stability and storage products, today announced the unveiling of its RapidHIT™ Human Identification System at the new Key Forensics Services Ltd (KFS) facility in Warrington, United Kingdom. KFS is one of the early access sites for the new system and will be the first to provide Rapid DNA identification capabilities to U.K. law enforcement organizations.

Solving Sexual Assaults: Finding Answers Through Research, an NIJ Report

Research on DNA testing sexual assault kits reveals a complex picture.

Collecting DNA from Arrestees, an NIJ Report

Interim data from an Urban Institute study provides a detailed look at state arrestee DNA collection laws.

Judiciary Committee advances Justice for All Reauthorization Act

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and co-chair of the Senate Law Enforcement Caucus, applauded progress on legislation he cosponsored to protect the rights of crime victims, and help reduce the backlogs in the collection and processing of DNA casework by law enforcement, especially sexual assault cases.

Iraqis plan unearth more than 270 mass gravesites from Saddam regime

…The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), created on the initiative of former US president Bill Clinton and financed by Western states, has since 2008 held courses for employees of the Forensic Institute and the ministry of human rights aimed at addressing the shortfall…

DNA for the Defense Bar, a new NIJ Report

The science of DNA and its application in the courtroom.

DNA clues to Queen of Sheba tale

Clues to the origins of the Queen of Sheba legend are written in the DNA of some Africans, according to scientists.
Genetic research suggests Ethiopians mixed with Egyptian, Israeli or Syrian populations about 3,000 years ago.