Daily Archives: April 26, 2016

DNA Database Helping Solve More Crimes In South Dakota

Helix6PIERRE, S.D. -Since the late 1980s, law enforcement have known the power DNA evidence holds in the courtroom and the role it plays in getting a conviction. But in the last few years, South Dakota authorities are learning that collecting and holding onto that evidence is just as valuable.

OC DNA database closing cases

old DNAIn 2008, an unknown man approached a theater manager using a fake business card to identify himself as a police detective, claiming he was investigating a crime. He then pulled a gun and forced the manager to give him $15,000 from the safe. He fled, but left a rubber glove behind which was analyzed for DNA.

Twelve questions with Keith Bedford

Dr. Keith BedfordESR Forensics boss Dr Keith Bedford has had oversight of the forensic evidence in virtually every high-profile court case in New Zealand in recent decades, some of which are illuminated in Prime TV’s new show Forensics.

How to End an Enormous Backlog of Untested Rape Kits

Sexual assualt backlogAfter years of gathering dust in a Detroit warehouse, thousands of rape kits were finally tested in 2009 and revealed a chilling truth: Of 2,500 DNA hits, 650 turned out to be repeat offenders.
Findings like that raise concerns that there are serial rapists who haven’t been caught because of a backlog of roughly 400,000 untested rape kits sitting in crime labs across the United States, said Julie Smolyansky, an executive producer of The Hunting Ground, an award-winning documentary about campus sexual assault.

New Database Stores DNA for Use in Criminal Investigations

Database1SEOUL, April 26 (Korea Bizwire) — Vast amounts of genetic information from animals, plants, and microorganisms will soon be used in criminal investigations, primarily for crimes related to food and narcotics.
The forensic science division of the supreme prosecutor’s office (director Young-dae Kim) revealed Monday that it launched what is being called a ‘Barcode of Life Database’, which contains DNA information of over 180 million animals, plants, and other microorganisms.