Daily Archives: September 14, 2012

Panel on Post Conviction DNA Testing to present at ISHI23

A multi-disciplinary panel will present on issues related to Post Conviction testing at the upcoming International Symposium on Human Identification in Nashville, Tennessee. Panelists will include representatives from a forensic laboratory, Innocence Project, public defender’s office, law school and policy consulting firm.

Genes for face shape identified

Understanding the genes that determine human facial shape could one day provide valuable information about person’s appearance using just their DNA.
The discovery of five genes involved in facial form could have applications in forensics, say the authors of a study.

Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examination Research Forum: Summary of Research Questions Identified

This forum, sponsored by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), explored gaps in the existing research related to the technical aspects of sexual assault medical forensic examination (SAMFE). The goal was to identify what research is needed to bring a stronger evidence base to the SAMFE. The forum focused on the following topics:

•Types of evidence gathered.
•Examination technology.
•Standardizing the evidence kit.
•Evolving DNA technology.
•Potential use and logistics of telemedicine during the examination.

Central FSLs to chip in to reduce Delhi lab’s backlog

With more than 5,000 viscera and 500 DNA samples still awaiting analysis at the city’s Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL), the Union Home Ministry has agreed to forward cases to central FSLs to reduce the backlog.