Daily Archives: November 9, 2014
When DNA evidence began appearing in U.S. courtrooms in the late 1980s, it was heralded as the greatest leap forward in criminal investigation since fingerprinting. In the following decades, its analysis has helped identify and incarcerate the guilty as well as exonerate and free the innocent.
Now, the next generation of DNA analysis, which researchers say can reveal a level of detail far beyond what currently is used in criminal investigation, is awaiting its first courtroom test in Massachusetts.
BAGHDAD, Iraq — The main forensics office in Baghdad consists of four small rooms lit by fluorescent lights. Just a handful of employees sit quietly at computers inputting data, or with trays of test tubes in front of them, analyzing samples.
Contained within the Al-Wal military base east of the city, it is here where fragments from the almost daily car bombs are sent and where DNA samples from unidentified bodies are analyzed.
When was the last time you thought of a bird or a tree as a victim of a crime? Or if the leather used in a purse is actually skin from an endangered sea turtle? Or if fish eggs sold as caviar are from a sturgeon or a copycat? At the US Fish and Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory, these are the mysteries a team of geneticists, pathologists, and morphologists specializing in wildlife forensics are tasked to solve. The lab supports a network of federal agents and inspectors who are trying to protect endangered species and take down wildlife traffickers.
Scientists analysing the genetic makeup of the fossilised bones of a man who lived about 37,000 years ago in what is now western Russia found that his DNA is similar to modern-day Europeans suggesting they have a longer, continuous history than previously supposed.
MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF) –
Budget cuts to state forensic labs across the Alabama are prompting communities to figure out ways how to get the analysis done in a timely fashion.
Marshall County has opened it’s own crime lab.
Sydney (AFP) – Australian and British police Thursday signed a deal allowing access to each other’s DNA databases as part of an international push to tackle serious crimes such as terrorism, rapes and murders.
NEW YORK (WABC) — The New York City Medical Examiner’s Office is hosting a support event this weekend for the families and friends of long-term missing persons, and officials are hoping new technology might help identify some of them.