Daily Archives: September 4, 2013
Quebec authorities have enlisted the help of an international organization to identify the remaining victims of the Lac-Mégantic train disaster.
The International Commission on Missing Peoples specializes in identifying large numbers of missing people. The organization has been called in to obtain DNA from remains that are too charred for the Quebec coroner’s office or for a government laboratory to identify.
As next-generation genomic tools are increasingly being considered for use in forensics, one Korean company is looking to carve out a niche for itself.
Seoul-based DNA Link recently introduced AccuID, an Affymetrix-manufactured resequencing array for genotyping that is available as a service and a kit. DNA Link claims it has generated unpublished data demonstrating that the current version of AccuID can determine the identities of missing persons and human remains better than commercial microsatellite genotyping products.
State Senator Mark Norris finds it disturbing that there are 7,000 back logged rape kits that haven’t been tested in Memphis, as well as 1,500 backlogged rape kits the Memphis Police Department sent for testing in 2010.