Daily Archives: June 9, 2015

Detroit, UPS figure way out of sex assault kit backlog

Sexual Assault Kits 3Hundreds of thousands of sexual assault victims around the country have gone through the humiliation of medical exams to obtain the DNA of their alleged attackers, only to have the evidence sit unused and not analyzed in a warehouse or on a shelf for years, sometimes decades.

International Symposium on Forensic Science Error Management – Detection, Measurement and Mitigation

Nist outlinesOn behalf of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and its partners, we are announcing the first-ever international symposium devoted exclusively to the topic of forensic science error management. Join us in Arlington, VA, July 20-24, 2015 for the International Symposium on Forensic Science Error Management – Detection, Measurement and Mitigation. Speakers, panels and posters addressing the ways to detect, measure and mitigate forensic science errors will open dialog about these taboo topics. The symposium promises to be an eye-opening candid appraisal of root causes and possible solutions to help identify and reduce forensic science errors.
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China completes DNA collection to identify ship dead

430 victims of disasterChina has completed the DNA collection needed to identify the 432 bodies recovered so far from last week’s deadly Yangtze boat disaster.

Sometimes You Just Cannot Make This Stuff Up: Employment Matters

DNA and justiceFrom the National Law Review
We have previously stated, although in somewhat tongue-in-cheek fashion, that labor and employment is the “TMZ” of the legal world. While that metaphoric comparison may be open for debate, many human resources professionals and employment law practitioners know that we are great company at cocktail parties because of the stories we can tell (while, of course maintaining proper confidentiality). A recent decision by the federal district court in Atlanta not only provides the kind of fodder for such stories, but may also become notable as one of the first court interpretations of the Genetic Information Non-Disclosure Act (GINA) and leave an indelible mark on future interpretations of that law.

Jesse Matthew trial turns from victim to DNA evidence

Fhelix9AIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Jesse Matthew’s attempted murder trial began with an emotional account from a woman who suffered a brutal, unprovoked sexual assault a decade ago. Now prosecutors will turn their attention to proving that Matthew was the man who attacked her.

Bosnia Discovers Two Wartime Mass Graves

DNA in criminal investifationsThe remains will be transferred to the Commemorative Centre in Tuzla for DNA analysis and identification. Cengic added that remains of six other war victims were found in the same area last year.

Creative People Are Genetically More Prone to Mental Disorders

DNA and artA new study conducted on a sample population in Iceland indicates that there is a link between mental disorders and creativity.