Monthly Archives: June 2013

Hi-tech gadgets at Victoria Police’s Forensic Services Centre nab more criminalss

human idPOLICE are testing CSI-style technology in a radical change to crime fighting in Victoria.
Portable fingerprint scanners, facial-recognition technology, portable DNA analysers, predictive mapping of crimes and on-the-spot drug testing with instant results are all being assessed.

DNA Buried 7,000 Centuries Is Retrieved

700,000 year old horseResearchers have reconstructed an ancient genome that is 10 times as old as any retrieved so far, and they now say that DNA should be recoverable from animals that lived one million years ago. This would greatly extend biologists’ ability to understand the evolutionary past.

State Hopes To Match DNA Samples To Unidentified Bodies In Morgues

DNA MilitaryDETROIT (WWJ) – Michigan has more than 140 sets of unidentified human remains in its morgues around the state — and more than 4,000 missing persons cases.
The Michigan State Police and the Wayne County Medical Examiners are hoping to close the books on some of those missing cases by holding a DNA drive on Tuesday.

Innocence Project of California helps free wrongly convicted man

Justice and DNASAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – An innocent man is free from prison and cleared of all charges thanks to the Innocence Project of California.
Uriah Courtney spent eight years in prison on kidnapping and sexual assault charges. DNA testing eventually proved he did not commit the crime.

CEO of Netherlands Forensic Institute set to Testify before Senate Committee

nfi(Washington, D.C.) — Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) has invited Tjark Tjin-A-Tsoi, CEO of the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI), to testify before a hearing of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation on current trends and challenges in the sector and NFI’s answer to them.

You can also hear Tjark Tjin-A-Tsoi in Atlanta this coming October at ISHI. Click here for details on registration.

Nonprofit provides grant to Alameda County to reduce rape kit backlog

GATCA New York non-profit organization has donated half a million dollars to Alameda County to process over 2,000 rape kits.

Forensic breakthroughs win national recognition

Ground ZeroFlinders-led research into techniques to isolate DNA in illicit drugs and to speed up the identification of disaster victims has been recognised in the National Institute of Forensic Science’s (NIFS) annual awards.

Forensics professor helps ID migrants

Latham and BakerINDIANAPOLIS — For University of Indianapolis professor Krista Latham, the field of forensics isn’t just science. It’s also human rights.
The anthropologist and four of her graduate students recently spent a week at a rural Texas cemetery, helping exhume the bodies of unidentified migrants buried there. Their efforts are the first step to name these anonymous individuals, who lost their identities and lives while trying to enter the United States.

At crime lab, ‘CSI’ meets real life

SpriggsJill Spriggs is showing off her highly trained staff and the expensive equipment they use to dissect evidence from crime scenes and help solve cases.
The highest-profile part of Sacramento County’s forensic sciences laboratory, however, is off limits. It’s where criminalists create DNA profiles – and where every precaution is taken to prevent contamination.

DNA lab identifies first bodies from Libyan mass grave

MitoTHE remains of some of the thousands of people who are missing after years of conflict in Libya are being identified by a Sarajevo DNA laboratory.
The laboratory, run by the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), which through its work in the Balkans has become world leader in the field, has generated more than 100 DNA matches since the fall of the regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to Solve More Crimes for Improved Public Safety with new Morpho Automated Biometric Identification Solution

Technology…The system upgrade will provide increased system accuracy and throughput by using the most advanced matching algorithms, as well as greater fingerprint database capacity. Among the improvements will be the ability to check if a DNA sample is required during a criminal charge booking…

Backlogged rape kits now a stream of indictments

Helix4…Cuyahoga County prosecutors and investigators are revisiting decades-old unsolved rape cases, using DNA evidence to connect serial rapes, tracking down victims and sending cases to grand juries for indictment – often racing against a 20-year statute of limitations…

Experts to re-examine DNA clues in fresh Knox appeal

ROME (AFP) – Contradictions and illogical conclusions in the ruling that freed US student Amanda Knox from jail mean DNA evidence will be re-examined from scratch and witnesses may be re-heard, her lawyer said Tuesday.

PowerPlex® ESI and ESX Fast Systems Webinar

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Senate passes bill which would strengthen PA’s DNA laws

DNA Testing1A bill strengthening and modernizing Pennsylvania’s use of DNA technology to fight violent crime, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-9), was overwhelmingly approved by the Senate Tuesday, according to a press release.