Daily Archives: April 1, 2016

Sheriff Adopts Latest Forensic DNA Technology with M-Vac

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced that the Richland County Sheriff’s Department has adopted a new forensic DNA collection method that will help solve crimes. The Department is the first crime lab in South Carolina to acquire the new, wet-vacuum based forensic DNA collection method.

Citizen scientists, you can now DIY your own DNA analysis with Bento Lab

Bento LabWant to know if you have the “athlete gene” or if you’re actually related to the weirdos who claim you as a family member? Get your collection tubes ready, citizen scientists, Bento Lab’s DIY DNA analysis kit is here and ready for the in-home lab.
Normally you’d order a kit somewhere like 23andMe, spit in a tube and mail it off for results in six to eight weeks. However, the London-based Bento Lab claims to be the first DIY DNA lab you can use to test anywhere. It’s small enough to fit in a backpack and can analyze DNA from saliva, hair, animal tissue and even beer or wine.

DA sets up unit to find wrongly convicted

Justice and DNANamed the George “Woody” Clarke Conviction Review Unit, the effort honors the former local prosecutor and judge who pioneered such post-conviction work.
While this these kinds of efforts have been embraced by the office for several years, the move to a formalized unit offers the public a direct line of communication to prosecutors.

Scientists develop high-sensitivity software for searching massive DNA databases

Nucleotide Similarity ScannerMOSCOW, April 1. /TASS /. A new computer program was designed by Russian and American scientists and specialized for searching massive DNA databases for distant similarities, reports Institute for information transmission problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IITP RAS) press-service. Anna Kaznadzey, a junior researcher at IITP RAS took part in this work.