Daily Archives: August 2, 2012

Nearly 1.2 Million Forensic Requests To Publicly Funded Crime Labs Were Backlogged At Yearend 2009, Unchanged From 2008

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — At the end of 2009, the nation’s publicly funded crime labs had an estimated backlog of 1.2 million requests for forensic services, relatively unchanged from the backlog at yearend 2008, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today. A request was defined as backlogged if it had not been completed within 30 days.

Illinois State Crime Labs Slow to Process DNA Evidence So Far in 2012

A backlog in Illinois state crime labs means in 2012 it has taken State Police nearly four months, on average, to process DNA cases.

Patent Issued for Sample Collection Device Suitable for Low-Volume Extraction

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Health & Medicine Week — According to news reporting originating from Alexandria, Virginia, by NewsRx journalists, a patent by the inventor Saul, David James (Auckland, NZ), filed on September 4, 2009, was cleared and issued on July 24, 2012 (see also Zygem Corporation Limited).
The assignee for this patent, patent number 8226906, is Zygem Corporation Limited (Hamilton, NZ).
Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: “The present application relates generally to sample collection devices, and more specifically, to collection devices suitable for low-volume extraction.

National Geographic to Use Illumina Chips in Next Phase of Genographic Project

Illumina BeadChips will power the next stage of National Geographic’s Genographic Project, which is mapping the migratory history of humans by analyzing DNA samples from hundreds of thousands of people from around the world.