Daily Archives: November 12, 2014

Cuyahoga County’s Medical Examiner office uses DNA to identify bodies, solve sex crimes & cold cases

Helix4Using DNA to identify a rapist can be a race against time, especially if the suspect turns out to be a serial offender.
And Cuyahoga County’s Medical Examiner office plays a part in catching them.

New DNA technology could get rapists off the streets faster

helix10Largo, FL – It’s been documented across the country; thousands of untested rape kits sitting on shelves waiting to be tested.
But new technology could make a huge difference in the way DNA is tested. It’s called Rapid DNA.
“They’re getting timely answers it may not be the total answer but they’re getting timely answers with technology that only a few years ago resided only in the laboratory,” said National Forensic Science Technology Center CEO Kevin Lothridge.

Worthy joins Manhattan DA in rape kit announcement

Backlog of sexual assault kitsDETROIT (AP) — Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy is applauding Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr.‘s pledge to use as much as $35 million to help eliminate a national backlog of untested rape kits.

NY prosecutor to fund rape kit testing nationally

sexual assault kitsNEW YORK (AP) — Evidence from up to 70,000 rape cases nationwide will get long-awaited DNA testing, the Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. announced Wednesday as he pledged as much as $35 million to help eliminate a backlog that has long troubled authorities, victims and lawmakers.

TrueAllele DNA Analysis Prevails in Louisiana Daubert Challenge

justice and DNA2PITTSBURGH–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A Louisiana judge admitted Cybergenetics TrueAllele® Casework into evidence on November 6th, following a Daubert hearing held that same day. Cybergenetics TrueAllele software accurately separates DNA mixture evidence into component genotypes to calculate DNA match statistics. The Honorable Richard D. Anderson ruled that TrueAllele’s match statistics met the Daubert admissibility standard for reliable evidence in a homicide case involving a DNA mixture from a handgun.

Random DNA sample solves 1998 Jerusalem murder case

Familial…The case was considered cold until a breakthrough came in 2013, when a man was questioned in connection to a domestic violence case. A DNA sample obtained from the man was entered into the police DNA database — and yielded a familial match to DNA evidence collected from Eyal’s body. The man in the domestic violence case, the DNA test showed, was the father of the suspect in Eyal’s murder…