It was a bittersweet moment in mid-September when relatives of Joyvaline “Joy” Martinez gathered at the New Britain Police Department for the announcement that the remains of a woman previously called “Jane Doe 2” was actually the vibrant 24-year-old who had been missing for 10 years.
Monthly Archives: December 2013
Technicians at the Forensic Science Laboratory in Madiwala here have a tough job on hand. Short-staffed, the laboratory is working overtime to analyse the DNA samples of the 26 victims of the Nanded Express fire accident and match them with their relatives’.
Genetics isn’t just for the living, as the past year’s scientific revelations have demonstrated. Whether it’s identifying King Richard III’s long-lost bones or tracing humanity’s tangled family tree, DNA analysis is shedding new light on mysteries that have lain buried for ages.
FAMILIES of the lost crew of the Gaul could know the results of DNA tests on human remains discovered in Russia by the end of January. Up to ten bodies are being examined after they were discovered buried under rocks in the Murmansk region of Russia.
Madison — State Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said he hopes lawmakers early next year will reconsider some of the changes they made to the state’s new law requiring DNA collection from anyone arrested for a felony
With each passing day, law enforcement might be coming closer to clearing unsolved cases.
Take the case of Kenneth Crawford, the 46-year-old man killed in his Village Lane apartment in September 2006. Evidence at the scene has provided a clear DNA profile of a woman believed responsible for his death.
The St. Augustinian Church in Goa, where the remnants of a 400-year-old bone relic was found. An ancient DNA study conducted by CSIR-CCMB showed that it might belong to Queen Ketevan of Georgia— Photo: Special arrangement The first ancient DNA study in South Asia has revealed that a 400-year-old bone relic kept in St. Augustinian Church in Goa is likely to be a remnant of Queen Ketevan of Georgia (eastern Europe), who was born in a royal family in 1565 in the medieval period.
Cost could be a formidable barrier to expanding DNA collection in Oklahoma.
State Sen. Clark Jolley, R-Edmond, has proposed legislation to expand DNA collect to those arrested on suspicion of felonies or 18 misdemeanor crimes. Jolley’s bill did not set aside funding to pay for additional DNA tests, although “I think the state has to pay for the testing,” Jolley said. “I don’t think that’s something that the local law enforcement agencies should be expected to do.”
No state study has been conducted on the potentially higher costs.
Human evolution appears poised for a scientific makeover, as unexpected and provocative findings have raised new questions this year about two poorly understood periods leading to the emergence of Homo sapiens.