Daily Archives: August 7, 2013
(by Kate Carlisle) Florence, August 7 – Scientists will use DNA testing to find out whether the remains of a woman exhumed in an archeological dig in a central Florence convent a year ago belonged to the beguiling model who sat for Leonardo da Vinci’s famous Mona Lisa portrait.
PHOENIX (CBS5) – A DNA case backlog at the Arizona Department of Public Safety laboratories is not new. CBS 5 News has reported about detectives sometimes having to wait years to get DNA results while suspects remain on the loose.
Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito called it “the most important criminal procedure case that this court has heard in decades.” But for now, the Court’s decision in the Maryland v. King case—regarding whether police can swab your cheeks for DNA during booking—may be functionally irrelevant. The nation doesn’t have a genetic-processing apparatus in place to deal with the current overload of DNA samples. There’s a massive backlog of biological evidence in crime labs, and efforts to combat that backlog in recent years have failed.