Daily Archives: December 2, 2015

Promega’s newest building, the Kepler Center, opens for business

Keplar CenterPromega Corp., the Fitchburg biotech tools business, is known for the aesthetic extras woven into its building designs.
The Feynman Center that opened in fall 2013 is part clean manufacturing center and part nature retreat, with its living wall of plants and wood-beamed meeting areas.

Police are starting to use scraps of DNA in your chewed, discarded gum to figure out what you look like

Parabon ImageFor $4,500, a Virginia-based genetics company studied the bits of DNA left behind by a suspected Florida criminal to create a digital likenessof his face,Science News reported.

No, The Siberian Ice Maiden Is Not A Man

PazyrikHorseman2 (1)A news story this morning from the Siberian Times quickly circulated on the various newsgroups I read, as a cursory look at the images suggests that one of the most famous Siberian mummies — a woman with intricate and fantastic tattoos — is actually male based on DNA. But I did some digging, since I’d assumed the Siberian Ice Maiden’s sex was cleared up long ago, and found out a bit more about the burials in question and the odd facial reconstruction that appropriates the Ice Maiden’s unique tattoos. Fear not, students and researchers of ancient gender: the Siberian Ice Maiden is not male.

Law Firm Scores $5M for Exoneration Case

Justice and DNACENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (CN) – A law firm that defended three men who were imprisoned 18 years for a murder they didn’t commit got a $5 million payday from a federal judge on Monday. U.S. District Judge Joanna Seybert granted the payout to the legal team of Neufeld Scheck & Brustin, who represented John Restivo, Dennis Halstead and John Kogut.

ISO 18385: The Creation Of A Forensic Grade Standard

ISO-18385Forensic DNA laboratories rely on reagent and plastics manufacturers to supply high-quality products with minimal interference from contaminating DNA. With the increasing sensitivity of short tandem repeat (STR) amplification systems, levels of DNA that were previously undetected may now generate partial profiles. To address the concern of laboratories worldwide regarding the potential of low-level DNA contamination in consumables, ISO 18385 has been developed to provide requirements for minimizing the risk of human DNA contamination events during the manufacturing process.
Many of you may not have heard of ISO 18385 so I’d like to give you an introduction to how the standard came to be.