Daily Archives: July 19, 2012

DNA analysis of ancient remains to uncover origin mysteries

Australia
Griffith University researchers will analyse DNA sequences from ancient human remains, some dating back 45,000 years, to determine the origins of the peoples of South-east Asia and Australia.

Cold case relying on new DNA tool ends in guilty plea


Wisconsin
A trial that would have determined the outcome of a 20-year-old Milwaukee County murder case ended abruptly Wednesday afternoon when the defendant pleaded guilty to first-degree reckless homicide.
Cary Lee Holmes now faces up to 20 years in prison for killing a Milwaukee man in 1992.
Norm Gahn, one of two prosecutors on the trial and a pioneer in charging cold cases based on DNA evidence, said Wednesday the case would have been the first in Milwaukee County and likely the state to present results from a DNA analysis technology used specifically for degraded samples as evidence in court.

DNA Collection From Arrested Suspects In Maryland Allowed To Resume


WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts is allowing police in Maryland to resume collecting DNA samples from people arrested for serious crimes.