Daily Archives: August 15, 2014

Scientist exposes new world of forensic analysis

RNA Analysis

Over the past 20 years DNA evidence has become the foundation upon which forensic investigation is built. The identification of traces of blood, saliva and other bodily fluids places a suspect directly at the site of a crime, and can be the difference between a guilty or not guilty verdict in court.
But as new identification technologies emerge at an ever quickening pace, new questions are being raised as to not only the efficacy of these technologies, but also their implications on privacy, civil liberties and validity.

Questions raised over DNA evidence to secure murder convictions

SelleyA High Court ruling that DNA evidence was not enough to convict a man of murder could have wider implications on DNA convictions across Australia, an Adelaide lawyer has said.

More DNA analysts critical to fight backlog

Helix2AUSTIN — DNA evidence can be critical to solve a crime, but a big backlog of cases means it could be months, or even years, before some of those samples get tested.

Familial DNA Searching: Current Approaches

Familial HelixFree online training from RTI
On Thursday, August 21, NIJ’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence is hosting the final session of a four-part online discussion about familial DNA searching. Sign up to learn more about the technical protocols and software considerations for familial DNA searching, including candidate thresholds derived by likelihood ratio and allele counting as well as reducing the number of potential candidates through Y STR and mtDNA analysis.

Renowned UK DNA pioneer Peter Gill adds voice to Amanda Knox case

amanda-knoxDr. Peter Gill has taken on the task of analyzing the disputed DNA evidence in the Meredith Kercher murder case, providing his expert opinion in his new book titled “Misleading DNA evidence: reasons for miscarriages of justice.”