DNA collected from modern hunter-gatherers — the Pygmies of Cameroon, the Sandawe and Hadza of Tanzania, and the Khoe-San of southern Africa — is suggesting a new narrative of our human roots. This more complicated scenario traces our roots to a fractured collection of ethnic groups who periodically interbred across the lines.
Monthly Archives: September 2012
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have linked the DNA of a deceased American convict who had a history of violent offences against women to at least one victim from British Columbia’s notorious Highway of Tears.
NEW DELHI: The government plans to introduce a bill in Parliament that aims to create a pool of “DNA profiles” of “offenders” as part of efforts to make crime detection more effective in the country. However, many experts warn of likely misuse of such sweeping powers.
Police forces are to add the profiles of thousands of criminals to a DNA database with the aim solving more crimes, it has been reported. But campaigners are confused as to why scare resources are being spent on the activity.
A Louisiana man was released from death row on Friday after serving 15 years for a crime that DNA evidence shows he did not commit.
Damon Thibodeaux, 38, was the 300th prisoner nationwide to see his conviction overturned based on DNA evidence, according to lawyers who represented him from the New York-based Innocence Project. He was the 18th death row prisoner freed based on such evidence.
A team of pathologists has published a paper revealing how, for the first time, crime investigators identified the body of a burn victim by conducting a DNA analysis of the gastrointestinal contents of the maggots feeding on the remains.
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Investigators knew to secure the scene for evidence when they found Colleen Rae MacMillen’s body on a logging road about 25 kilometres south of 100 Mile House about a month after she went missing in 1974. They bagged the 16-year-old’s clothes, which were found in the bushes nearby, and sent them to the forensics lab to test for fingerprints, hair and fibres.
NEW YORK (AP) — The NYPD and the Innocence Project have been awarded a joint federal grant to overhaul how police store evidence in old cases.
The $1.25 million money comes from the National Institute of Justice, an agency of the U.S. Justice Department.
Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys, who invented the technique of DNA fingerprinting, has announced his retirement.
The technique of DNA finger printing has transformed forensic science and identity testing. It was developed by Professor Jeffreys at the University of Leicester back in 1984. It has since been used in criminal investigations, paternity and immigration disputes, and even conservation biology.
WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and former Texas Attorney General, released the following statement upon his bipartisan Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Registry (SAFER) Act being reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee:
“Today we took a large step toward ensuring justice for victims of sexual assault. I’m encouraged by the bipartisan support the SAFER Act received in the Judiciary Committee and look forward to a vote on the Senate floor.”