Daily Archives: May 24, 2016

Time is running out. Submit an oral or interesting case abstract by June 1

ISHI 2016 BannerBe part of this year’s 27th International Symposium on Human Identification. Oral presentations are being solicited for the general session in the following categories:
• Advances in forensic technologies
• Policy, legal or procedural topics affecting the forensic community
• Interesting cases solved with DNA

All abstracts must be submitted electronically through the conference web site. Abstracts will be reviewed by an outside panel of experts and selected based on perceived interest to the forensic community. Abstracts not accepted for oral presentation will automatically be considered for poster presentation.
The oral abstract deadline is June 1, 2016.

Poster abstracts are also being accepted. Presenting a scientific poster at ISHI provides an excellent opportunity to share your research with the forensic community. All poster abstracts must be submitted through the conference web site.
The poster deadline is July 15, 2016.

NMS Labs and SmallPond Announce Commitment to Join Forces in Delivering Total Property Crimes Testing and Local DNA Databasing Solution for Law Enforcement

helix9WILLOW GROVE, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Two industry leaders, Willow Grove, PA-based NMS Labs and Fishers, IN-based SmallPond, LLC have joined forces to provide law enforcement with a complete, innovative solution for property crimes testing and local DNA databasing. Their intent is to offer a total solution that enables investigating officers to quickly obtain top-quality DNA analysis and implement a local DNA database using the web-based software, SmallPond™.

The unsolved enigma of early human migration

Antique world mapIt can be hard enough to remember who your second cousin once removed is. So it’s not surprising that tracing back the family tree to work out what the earliest humans were up to hundreds of thousands of years ago is quite a challenge.
“Everyone’s looking for the earliest evidence for modern humans everywhere,” says Professor Sue O’Connor, an archaeologist at ANU. “There is quite a lot of research effort focused on this.”

EgyptAir victims’ relatives give samples for DNA tests

CAIRO – Egyptian forensics officials collected DNA on Tuesday from relatives of EgyptAir MS804 victims to help identify body parts retrieved from the Mediterranean, where the crash killed 66 people, the airline said.
Investigators are still searching for Airbus A320’s two black boxes on the seabed as they seek answers as to why the aircraft came down early on Thursday.

When DNA Implicates the Innocent

cold case evidenceScientific American- Since 1997, when researchers first showed that it was possible to gather genetic information about a person based on skin cells they had left on an object, this type of trace evidence, also known as touch DNA, has been increasingly collected from surfaces such as door and gun handles. (In some jurisdictions, such as Harris County, Texas, the number of touch DNA cases submitted for laboratory analysis increased more than threefold between 2009 and 2013, often as a means of identifying possible perpetrators for burglaries and thefts.) Commercial companies now sell kits to law-enforcement agencies that can generate a full genetic profile of an individual from as few as three to five cells. Independent labs and scientists working on such projects as identifying long-deceased individuals also employ the kits.

‘Wayfinder’ escorts fallen pilot to final resting place

Fallen soldierSCHOFIELD BARRACKS — After 71 years of being missing in action, U.S. Army Air Forces pilot 1st Lt. William O. Pile was laid to rest with full military honors with help from 25th Infantry Division.