Daily Archives: April 21, 2014

Brutish and Short? DNA ‘Switch’ Sheds Light on Neanderthals

Neanderthal skullHow can creatures as different in body and mind as present-day humans and their extinct Neanderthal cousins be 99.84 percent identical genetically?
Four years after scientists discovered that the two species’ genomes differ by a fraction of a percent, geneticists said on Thursday they have an explanation: the cellular equivalent of “on”/”off” switches that determine whether DNA is activated or not.

Expand DNA Collection Law, Ark. Legislators Urged

helix2LITTLE ROCK, AR – An advocate for expanded DNA collection for all felony arrests says Arkansas’ current law doesn’t go far enough.
Jayann Sepich, founder of DNASaves.org, testifies around the country pushing for states to adopt or expand DNA collection upon arrest of all felony crimes

Forensic complex a boon to investigators

KingINDIAN RIVER COUNTY — The new Indian River County Sheriff’s Office forensic sciences complex may look like just a big building on the outside, but on the inside it’s the newest weapon in local law enforcement’s arsenal to catch and prosecute criminals.

Nassau County police seek convicts for their DNA

DNA in BlueMINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — Police are out searching not only for criminals but also for their DNA.
Under New York law, people convicted of felonies and most misdemeanors are required to provide DNA samples for possible links to unsolved crimes.

Medical staff collect DNA samples from relatives of missing passengers

dna12Officials have set up a tent to collect DNA, beside the auditorium where many families of the missing passengers have been spending sleepless nights.
While rescue divers are putting in great efforts to search for survivors and recover bodies, the time that has passed and the harsh conditions at sea have made it difficult to identify the bodies.
With heavy hearts, families of the missing passengers have begun submitting their DNA to speed up the process of identification.

Backlog in Detroit rape evidence kits allows serial rapists to remain free

sexual assault kitsDETROIT — A published report says a backlog in testing thousands of Detroit rape evidence kits has allowed serial rapists to remain free and in some cases commit more attacks.

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