Daily Archives: June 12, 2015

DNA Deciphers Roots of Modern Europeans

Yamnaya CultureFor centuries, archaeologists have reconstructed the early history of Europe by digging up ancient settlements and examining the items that their inhabitants left behind. More recently, researchers have been scrutinizing something even more revealing than pots, chariots and swords: DNA.

‘One in a billion’ DNA match between murder accused and gloves found at scene

helix9A pair of gloves found in a hedgerow near to the scene of Simon Holdsworth’s murder had a ‘one in a billion’ DNA match to his colleague Shaun Wainwright, a court heard.
The gloves were found by police on January 15, 2014 – almost one month after Mr Holdsworth was beaten to death with a blunt weapon on playing fields near Rainbow Forge Primary School in Hackenthorpe on December 16, 2013.

Backlog In Rape Kit Testing Persists

Helix4State says outside agency will soon begin to test kits. NBC Chicago’s Carol Marin reports. (Published Thursday, Jun 11, 2015)
In Illinois the backlog of untested rape kits is an estimated 1600, according to a State Police official. In some cases, it takes up to a year to complete the test.

Forensic scientist explains how Virginia’s DNA data bank works

Forensic-scientist-explains-how-Va-s-DNA-data-bank-worksROANOKE, Va. – There is a 7.2 billion chance of someone other than Jesse Matthew being the source of DNA collected after a 2005 rape in Fairfax, according to a forensic scientist who testified in the trial.

Bill to Expand Access to DNA Testing & Exonerate the Wrongfully Convicted Passes Assembly

Entire DNA SampleLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gordon Johnson, Charles Mainor and Whip Wilson to help clear the wrongfully convicted by allowing anyone convicted of a crime to request DNA testing was approved 71-1-2 by the full Assembly on Thursday.
New Jersey is one of 14 states with an incarceration requirement in their post-conviction DNA testing statutes, meaning only those who are currently incarcerated can file a motion for DNA testing. The bill (A-1678) would allow any person who has been convicted of a crime to make such a motion.