Daily Archives: November 9, 2015

Scientist calls for DNA database

DNA RenderingHyderabad, INDIA: Prof. Ranajit Chakraborty, a top global forensic scientist who helped in confirming Osama bin Laden’s identity a day before the news of his execution was out, stressed on the need for a national DNA database in India. Prof. Chakraborty said that it was high time India developed its own DNA database for fighting crime. He said that 58 countries in the world including China have established DNA databases. The Chinese database was established in 2000 and has around 6.9 million DNA profiles.

CSI UIndy: Study shows secondary DNA can wind up at crime scenes

DNA Test2If a person’s DNA is found at a crime scene, that person had to have been in that room, jurors might assume. But that assumption might well be false, a recent University of Indianapolis study that started as a class project indicates.

British police face deluge of foreign DNA requests if UK joins EU crime database, says report

DatabaseBritish police risk being overwhelmed with DNA and fingerprint requests from European Union countries if MPs decide to opt in to a controversial new database later this year, officials have warned.

Florida will eliminate the backlog of untested sexual assault kits

Blue Helix4This week, we learned that there are at least 10,000 unprocessed sexual assault kits in Florida. The preliminary results are part of an ongoing assessment by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to identify all unprocessed kits in the state. FDLE will complete its statewide assessment next month and then the real work of finding the most expedient way to process these untested kits will begin. However, we must not forget that each one of these kits represents a victim — a person who was violated in the worst possible way.

New Study Questions the Validity of Forensic DNA Match Statistic

Blue Helix2PITTSBURGH–(BUSINESS WIRE)–DNA mixtures of two or more people are common. When DNA evidence connects a defendant to a crime, courts require a match statistic. Jurors rely on this match strength to help decide guilt. But the reliability of some match statistics has been questioned.