Monthly Archives: October 2015

Mitochondrial DNA Recovered From Alaska’s Ancient Infants

Alaska-infant-DNAFAIRBANKS, ALASKA—Archaeologist Ben Potter of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and geneticists Dennis O’Rourke and Justin Tackney of the University of Utah have analyzed mitochondrial DNA recovered from the remains of two infants found at the Upward Sun River site in Interior Alaska.
The cremated remains of a three-year-old child were also recovered at the site, but they did not yield any genetic material. “These infants are the earliest human remains in northern North America and they carry distinctly Native American lineages.

Russia is digging up a 19th century czar to solve a mystery experts say is already solved

Czar Alexander IIICzar Alexander III, a Russian imperial leader best known for his oppressive rule, died in 1894. His body currently lies in a vault in the cathedral at St. Petersburg’s Peter and Paul Fortress alongside other members of the Romanov family. Next month, Russian authorities say they will begin exhuming his body.

Man fails paternity test because of unborn twin’s DNA

dna pipetteA 34-year-old Washington man’s unborn twin caused confusion for a couple seeking the results of a paternity test.
The parents, who wish to remain unnamed, went to a fertility clinic and welcomed a healthy baby boy in June 2014. But the problems started when they realized their son didn’t have the same blood type as either parent.

How DNA Evidence Incriminated an Impossible Suspect

Helix2In 2009, a horrific murder occurred in a place rarely associated with violence: a Yale graduate scientific laboratory. On what was to be her wedding day, a graduate student’s body was found head down within a small mechanical chase behind a wall in the laboratory.

Mass DNA testing to start in rape case

swabLaw enforcement authorities in Lucerne are to start the mass DNA screening of 372 young men in the next two weeks, in the hope of solving a rape case in which the victim was left partially paralyzed.

Tulsa To Pay $8 Million To Man Wrongfully Imprisoned For 16 Years

Justice and DNAOKLAHOMA CITY — The city of Tulsa has agreed to pay $8 million to a man wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for 16 years after his lawyers accused police and a crime lab of covering up evidence that exonerated him, authorities said Friday.

23and Me Discloses Police Requests For Customers’ DNA

DNA MethylPrivate genetics company 23andMe has published a transparency report, revealing the number of requests for customers’ DNA the company has received from law enforcement authorities.

In Ancient DNA, Evidence of Plague Much Earlier Than Previously Known

Bronze Age SkullBacteria can change history.

In the 14th century, a microbe called Yersinia pestis caused an epidemic of plague known as the Black Death that killed off a third or more of the population of Europe. The long-term shortage of workers that followed helped bring about the end of feudalism.

Indiana State Police Laboratory achieves major milestone with 5,000th CODIS match

Helix 5Indianapolis – CODIS is the Combined DNA Index System which came into existence by legislative act in 1996. As originally enacted, the law required people convicted of crimes against persons or burglary to provide a DNA sample, or profile, for the database. In 2005 the law was expanded to include DNA profiles of persons convicted for any felony offense.

Shroud Of Turin DNA Indicates Global Origins

Shroud of TurinThere’s a surprising new wrinkle in the story of the celebrated Shroud of Turin.
A group of Italian researchers have found that the 14-foot-long garment — believed by some to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ, even though science has proven that’s not the case — contains DNA from plants found all over Earth.

Pressure BioSciences to work with university on “next generation” rape case kit

helix9Medtech firm Pressure BioSciences (OTCQB:PBIO) has sealed a collaborative research and development agreement with Florida International University (FIU).
The collaboration will combine the advantages of Pressure BioSciences’ (PBI’s) pressure cycling technology (PCT) platform with the forensic experience and expertise of FIU, with the aim of reducing the rape kit testing backlog.
The two will work on the development of a rape kit test method based on the PCT platform, and hope to have a commercial product available within the next 18 months.

How DC is Turning Department of Forensic Sciences Around: Part I

ScientistWASHINGTON — With new leadership, a new data management system and, soon, newly-retrained DNA technicians, the department of forensic sciences is working to solve its past mistakes.
It is a mission aided by an $8 million infusion thanks to a supplemental budget pushed through by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.

ISHI: Largest DNA Symposium a Success in Texas

ISHI Conference in GrapevineGrapevine, TX – The largest conference on DNA analysis took place this week in a massive convention complex that proved the old Texan slogan: everything really is bigger in Texas. The 26th annual ISHI symposium, presented by Promega at the Gaylord Texan Convention Center, welcomed over 950 attendees from over 40 countries around the world.

Silicon Biosystems, Syracuse University Form Forensic Tech Alliance

DNA and artSAN DIEGO, Calif., Oct. 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Silicon Biosystems, Inc. today announced an alliance with Syracuse University’s Forensic & National Security Sciences Institute (FNSSI), one of the nation’s leading training and research schools that teach professionals how to use specialized instruments and lab tests to analyze evidence from criminal investigations. Under the agree­ment, the company will provide FNSSI with a DEPArray™ cell identification and isolation system to process complex biological samples for subsequent human DNA analysis.

Bill would expand law for DNA testing for voyeurism, public indecency

Forensic Scientist2OHIO-A new bill that would require DNA testing for misdemeanor convictions of voyeurism, public indecency, procuring, soliciting, loitering to engage in soliciting and prostitution has been referred to a committee.
House Bill 283, sponsored by Rep. Teresa Fedor, D-Toledo, would expand state law that currently requires an individual who commits a felony violation of voyeurism, public indecency, procuring or soliciting to provide a DNA specimen.