Daily Archives: November 9, 2014

More than 200 rape kits sit untested in the Tri-Cities

sexual assault kitsPublic records requests revealed of the 9,062 untested rape kits in Tennessee, 203 of them or about 2% are locked away in evidence rooms here in the Tri-Cities.

Courtroom to test next generation DNA analysis

GATCWhen 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.

SLCPD awarded $270,000 grant for cold case homicide and rape investigations

helix10SALT LAKE CITY – The Salt Lake City Police Department will receive a $270,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to test DNA evidence in cold case homicide and rape investigations.

CSI Baghdad: Meet the small forensics team struggling to deal with a new wave of violence in Iraq

baghdad_forensicsBAGHDAD, 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.

Running the world’s only forensic animal crime lab

Forensic Animal LabWhen 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.

DNA evidence proves that early humans survived the last Ice Age

Bones of Kostenki ManScientists 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.

Forensic analysis technology to increase in Marshall Co.

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.

Australia, British police ink DNA sharing deal

DNA Swab Testing KitSydney (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.

DNA from beneath woman’s fingernail links Jesse Matthew to 2005 Fairfax attack

Helix4DNA obtained from beneath a woman’s fingernail links the man accused of abducting University of Virginia student Hannah Graham to a 2005 sexual assault in Fairfax, according to court records.

New York City Medical Examiner’s Office To Hold 1st Missing Persons Day

helix 7NEW 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.