Monthly Archives: March 2016

Cast your vote for the panel discussion at ISHI 27

ISHI 2016 Banner The International Symposium on Human Identification is the best place to learn about the latest trends in forensic science, network with others in the field and share your own expertise by presenting an oral or poster presentation. Oral abstracts are due June 1, 2016 and poster abstracts are due July 15, 2016.
Help shape this year’s program by casting your vote for the topic of the panel discussion. Topics under consideration are:
• Reducing the sexual assault backlog: challenges, successes and key learnings
• Local DNA databases: their use, effectiveness and legal considerations
• Post-conviction testing: best practices
• Other
Visit to cast your vote, submit an abstract or register for the symposium.

Bone by Bone, A Forensic Puzzle Leads to Korean War Homecomings

Harold IveyA small team of scientists in Hawaii is cracking one of the hardest cases in the history of forensic science, one bone at time, from a huge, scrambled collection.
The remains belong to hundreds of American troops lost during the Korean War.

23andMe Says it Has Turned Down Government’s Requests to Review DNA Evidence

DNA HelixThe feds may not be after the Apple iPhone anymore, but they are still asking tech companies for evidence. And that evidence might include your DNA.
The FBI has asked Bay Area genetic testing company 23andMe to look at DNA tests people have sent in. And, like Apple, 23andMe said it has turned the government down.

Relic of Beheaded Medieval Swedish King Might Be Authentic

Saint ErikThe skull and crown of Saint Erik. On April 23, 2014, the medieval reliquary containing the saint’s bones was opened at a ceremony in Uppsala Cathedral in Sweden.

Dubai Police Forensic Science building inaugurated

Gen Dept of For Sci DubaiDubai: Dubai Police’s new state-of-the-art headquarters of the General Department of Forensic Science and Criminology was inaugurated on Wednesday by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

DNA Diagnostics Center Names Connie Hallquist President and Chief Executive Officer

DNA Helix1FAIRFIELD, Ohio, March 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The Board of Directors of DNA Diagnostics Center (DDC, or the Company), one of the world’s largest providers of private DNA testing services, has named Connie Hallquist as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company effective immediately.

Illinois State Police swamped with DNA tests on rapes, murders

The short-staffed Illinois State Police crime lab is grappling with a backlog of thousands of pending tests on biological evidence collected in rapes, murders and other crimes, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.
At the end of February, nearly 3,100 cases were either untested or in the process of being tested more than 30 days after law-enforcement agencies submitted them to the lab, records show. That’s up from about 2,600 cases in mid-2015 and fewer than 130 in 2009.

Marshall DNA lab designated criminal justice agency

Helix6HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed S.B. 104 into law Wednesday, designating the Forensic DNA Analysis Laboratory of the Marshall University Forensic Science Center as a criminal justice agency.

PDRM, Aseanapol to set up forensic database in 2017

Kuala Lumpur TechnicianKUALA LUMPUR: The Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM)’s Forensic Laboratory will collaborate with Inter-Asean Police (AseanAPOL) to set up a forensic database on cross-border crime.
Criminal Investigation Department D13 (DNA databank) principal assistant director SAC Hussien Omar Khan said through the information sharing system, Asean would be a r

Rape kit testing bill signed into law

sexual assault kitsBOISE — The Gem State’s first legislation regarding rape kit testing was signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Butch Otter.
House Bill 528, sponsored by Rep. Melissa Wintrow, D-Boise, will mandate all law enforcement agencies track the number of sexual assault evidence kits collected and report the number of kits that go untested. The bill does not mandate all kits be tested.

Enhance Your Expertise in Forensic DNA at the 2016 International Symposium on Human Identification

ISHI 2016 BannerMADISON, Wis.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Forensic professionals interested in learning about the latest developments in forensic DNA tools, techniques and processes are invited to join scientists, law enforcement professionals and forensic experts at the 27th International Symposium on Human Identification (ISHI), September 26-29, 2016, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

DNA Diagnostics Center Announces Acquisition of All About Truth DNA Services

helix9FAIRFIELD, Ohio, March 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — DNA Diagnostics Center (DDC or the Company), one of world’s largest providers of private DNA testing services announces the acquisition of All About Truth DNA Services, a regional provider of DNA testing services. Details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Senate Committee Advances Bill Mandating Evidence Preservation in Death Penalty Cases

DNA CollectionA bill mandating that biologic evidence collected in cases involving a death sentence is preserved for the duration of defendant’s life or incarceration is advancing in the state legislature.

New Solicitation: DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction (CEBR) Program

Justice DeptNIJ is seeking proposals for funding for the FY 2016 DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction (CEBR) program. This program provides funds to eligible States and units of local government with existing crime laboratories that conduct DNA analysis to process, record, screen, and analyze forensic DNA and/or DNA database samples; and to increase the capacity of public forensic DNA and DNA database laboratories to process more DNA samples, thereby helping to reduce the number of forensic DNA and DNA database samples awaiting analysis.

The deadline for applications under this funding opportunity is May 23.

Lost shoe led to landmark DNA ruling – and now, nation’s 1st guilty verdict

Elamin MuhammadMUSKEGON, MI – Among other things, it came down to a lost shoe.
Citing DNA obtained from a Nike Air shoe as one factor in a strong circumstantial case, a Muskegon County judge found Elamin Muhammad guilty as charged of armed robbery and felony firearm.