Daily Archives: May 20, 2016

CHI Announces the Inaugural DNA Forensics Conference, August 23-24, 2016, Washington, DC

Helix and MagnifierNEEDHAM, MA–(Marketwired – May 19, 2016) – Cambridge Healthtech Institute (CHI) announces its inaugural DNA Forensics conference will take place on August 23-24, 2016 at the Hyatt Washington Hotel in Washington, DC-as part of the Next Generation Dx Summit. This conference will examine new technologies, changing policies, and trends in forensic DNA investigations for industry and government agencies.

M-Vac DNA Collection Highlighted on NBC’s Dateline

M-VacM-Vac Systems wet-vacuum forensic DNA collection system was highlighted on Friday as part of NBC’s Dateline episode “The Girl with the Red Shoe”. The episode, which first aired on May 6th, covered the Annie Kasprzak murder, which occurred March 10, 2012 along the scenic Jordan River in Draper, Utah. The case, which took over two years to fully investigate, finally concluded with Darwin “Chris” Bagshaw pleading guilty on February 29, 2016.

The Saga of My Rape Kit

sexual assault kit imageCambridge, England — MY rape kit was created on the evening of Sunday, Jan. 12, 1992, at Magee-Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh. Tiny pieces of evidence were swabbed, plucked and combed from me: bits of me and, they hoped, bits of him, to be used in court one day to prove who had done this to me. Like many evidence kits collected at that time, it was not analyzed for DNA, and became part of what is called the backlog: untested rape kits across the country, which number at minimum in the tens of thousands.