Daily Archives: April 14, 2015

Student Extracts Sample From ‘Original Nittany Lion’ For DNA Analysis

DNA MarkersA team of student researchers is working to sequence the Nittany Lion genome. Maya Evanitsky, the team’s lead researcher, extracted a sample from “The Original Nittany Lion” on display in the All Sports Museum this afternoon.
Evanitsky applied to work on the project last year. She saw an email asking for students interested in working with “Ancient DNA” and was instantly intrigued. George (PJ) Perry, assistant professor of anthropology and biology, is the faculty coordinator of the project. The team began brainstorming research topics this fall.

Virginia forensic scientists achieve 10,000th ‘cold hit’

DNA DatabaseRICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia Department of Forensics Science hit an important milestone last month, according the Governor’s office. Scientists achieved the state’s 10,000th DNA database “cold hit.”

Rapid Processing of Casework and Reference DNA Samples Using Standard Protocols

profilesindna_frThe need to reduce processing time for forensic DNA samples has grown in the last few years. Laboratories must increase efficiencies to minimise backlogs and reduce costs. A number of rapid DNA solutions were recently brought to market, mostly for point-of-sampling DNA analysis, and are designed primarily for processing reference samples (1) (2) . While these solutions may yet be proven as viable and valuable options for point-of-sampling applications, the relatively high instrumentation and per-sample costs are prohibitive for established forensic DNA laboratories, which have invested heavily in other laboratory technologies and staff training.

Stefan Kutranov, Andrew Hopwood, Patrick Kelly, Hilton McWeeney and Dyan Daly Promega UK, Forensic Science Ireland, Garda Headquarters, Eire Publication Date: 2015