Daily Archives: October 7, 2015

M-Vac is sucking up DNA evidence needed to catch criminals

M VacSALT LAKE CITY — After a crime is committed, the search for justice can be frustrating and often devastating for victims. Now, a new forensics tool developed and produced in Utah is helping investigators crack cases that might have gone unsolved and unpunished.

Familial DNA Database Webinar Now Available

Justice DeptLearn about the new Familial DNA Database Search System, an online database for DNA profile comparisons including those that define familial relationships. In this NIJ Forensic Technology Center of Excellence webinar, Dr. Greg LaBerge presents an overview and live demonstration of the system, including its advanced encryption technology, search functionality and statistical capabilities. A panel of practitioners from several crime laboratories also discusses the relevance of this system to resolving forensic casework and implementing a familial DNA search system.
Watch now.

Justice Department Awards More Than $29 Million To Forensic Science Research And Development

Justice DeptWASHINGTON, Oct. 6, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Office of Justice Programs’ National Institute of Justice (NIJ) today announced that it has awarded more than $29 million in research and development funding to over 60 recipients who proposed work designed to strengthen forensic science and advance criminal justice policy and practice.