Daily Archives: April 9, 2014

Rare sarcophagus, Egyptian scarab found in Israel

Sarcophagus at Tel ShadudJERUSALEM (AP) – Israeli archaeologists have unearthed a rare sarcophagus featuring a slender face and a scarab ring inscribed with the name of an Egyptian pharaoh, Israel’s Antiquities Authority said Wednesday.
The mystery man whose skeleton was found inside the sarcophagus was most likely a local Canaanite official in the service of ancient Egypt, Israeli archaeologists believe, shining a light on a period when pharaohs governed the region.

DNA Labs International Sets a Higher Standard for Forensic DNA Collection with M-Vac

touch DNADEERFIELD BEACH, FLORIDA—April 7, 2014—DNA Labs International today announced they are the first lab on the East Coast to offer an advanced forensic DNA collection service that helps investigators solve more crime. This new collection method, a wet-vacuum based sampling device called the M-Vac System, is more scalable and sensitive in collecting DNA material from evidence when compared to traditional sampling methods such as swabbing and cutting. This is critical in scenarios where the amount of DNA is minimal or the exact biological deposit location is unknown.

5 cold case homicides revived in Grand Junction

dna-profilingGRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Mesa County District Attorney Pete Hautzinger said Tuesday he is confident he can successfully prosecute five unsolved cases dating back half a century if enough evidence can be re-examined and witnesses located.
Grand Junction Police Department spokeswoman Kate Porras said Tuesday there is no indication the cases are related, but investigators are hoping advancements in DNA testing will help bring justice.

California attorney general honored for rape kit processing

AG HarrisSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The state attorney general’s office is receiving national recognition for accelerating the testing of rape kits, using innovations that have been adopted by eight of California’s 58 counties.

Governor signs DNA collection bill

Gov WalkerMADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill scaling back when police can seize DNA samples under a law to take effect next year.

DNA ties man to 1997 murder of teenage runaway found in Wisconsin marsh

DNA in BlueRACINE, Wis. – Authorities in Wisconsin and Oklahoma used DNA and fingerprint analysis to connect an Illinois man to the cold-case slaying of a teenage runaway whose battered body was found in a Wisconsin marsh in 1997, the Racine County sheriff said Tuesday.