Daily Archives: June 1, 2015

Rape kits the answer to justice?

Backlog of rape kitsThe evidence piled up for years, abandoned in police property rooms, warehouses and crime labs.
Now, thousands of sexual assault kits are giving up their secrets – and rapists who’ve long remained free may finally face justice.
A dramatic shift is now taking hold across the country as police and prosecutors scramble to process these kits, and use DNA matches to track down predators, many of whom have attacked more women while evidence of their crimes sat in storage.

What’s Old Is New Again

Vintage DNARevolutionary new methods for extracting, purifying, and sequencing ever-more-ancient DNA have opened an unprecedented window into the history of life on Earth.

Nevada has backlog of 6,300 untested rape kits

MurgaLAS VEGAS (AP) — With thousands of untested rape kits going back three decades, Nevada’s attorney general and police officials in the state’s two most populous counties are promising to examine each one.
Nevada has about 6,300 samples to be tested, Attorney General Adam Laxalt said in a statement released through a spokeswoman. Almost all are from the Las Vegas area.