Daily Archives: August 11, 2015

Blood testing to begin within days at Asheville crime lab

DNA in a test tubeASHEVILLE – Analysts are verifying equipment that will soon be used to test blood samples for drugs and alcohol at the Western Regional Crime Lab in Asheville to ease a backlog of criminal cases awaiting test results in the state.
Analysis could begin within days at the Asheville center and will continue until the new $15.4 million crime lab is built in Edneyville. Groundbreaking for that new facility could start in the next few weeks and is estimated to take up to two years to complete, said State Crime Lab Director John Byrd during a tour of the Asheville lab on Monday.

How Police in Connecticut Identify Body Parts

DNA LaboratoryIf you’ve ever wondered how the police identify found body parts, an ongoing investigation in New Haven provides a case study.
Last month, police found sock-footed legs near the South Street train station in New Haven, then arms. Then they found a torso, decaying, in an abandoned building.

Rapid DNA Results Uploaded For First Time To United Kingdom’s National DNA Database

Rapid DNAPLEASANTON, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–IntegenX announced today that a second major national database, The National DNA Database (NDNAD), has had forensic DNA profiles uploaded from the RapidHIT® System. The NDNAD was established in the United Kingdom in 1995. Currently, more than five million forensic DNA profiles have been uploaded into NDNAD. The samples that were uploaded using the RapidHIT System were collected from individuals suspected of a crime, in custody suites, and processed by Key Forensic Services as part of a program to run all samples from arrested suspects as part of their routine service offering. RapidHIT profiles are completed in less than two hours from start to finish.