Daily Archives: December 14, 2015

Prosecutors want to collect DNA at arrest, not after conviction

DNA Human GenomeThe DNA collected from five rape victims in Augusta indicated that a single predator was at work.
But the predator himself, an exceptionally violent rapist who forced two of his victims into an Augusta cemetery before sexually assaulting them, remained unknown.

UC San Diego Scientist Looks To Microbes For Forensic Clues

Rob KnightAnyone who’s seen an episode of “CSI” knows that crime scene investigators look at a host of biological evidence, like DNA or fingerprints, when they come across an unexplained dead body.
In a new study, San Diego scientists say investigators might want to look at another powerful clue: microbes.

DNA lab plays vital role for military families

Lalani PalmerDNA analyst Lalani Palmer prepares her lab space inside the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System (AFMES) facilities at Dover Air Force Base. The Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory provides scientific consultation, research and education services in the field of forensic DNA analysis to the Department of Defense (DoD) and other agencies. (Delaware State News/Dave Chambers)

Will DNA Tests Finally Settle Controversy Surrounding Russia’s Final Tsars?

Tsar Nicholas and his familyTsar Nicholas II is shown here with his family in the 1910s. All were executed shortly after the 1917 Russian Revolution. Remains of the tsar, his wife Alexandra, top right, and their children — Olga, far left, Maria, top left, Anastasia, with arm around Alexei, and Tatiana — have all been tested. Now the Russian Orthodox Church has ordered new DNA tests to confirm the identities of Maria and Alexei.