Daily Archives: June 6, 2016

DNA database: Scientists want a piece of you to help solve a mystery or two

Centre for Ancient DNAAustralians have been called upon to donate their DNA and help establish the country’s first historical DNA database, providing researchers with a crucial tool for solving wartime mysteries – some which date back 100 years.
To be managed by the Centre for Ancient DNA at Adelaide University, the database will provide scientists and historians with a snapshot of the genetic makeup of the Australian population in the early 1900s. Currently, nothing like it exists.

Sen. Hatch’s “Rapid DNA Act” would have local law enforcement taking DNA samples at booking

Helix and MagnifierSALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) – A shot in the arm for crime investigations across the state. Senator Orrin Hatch has co-proposed legislation allowing police officers to take DNA samples themselves to see if they have a criminal in their custody.
It’s called the Rapid DNA Act. The idea is if police have a suspect charged with a felony they can take his or her DNA with a simple mouth swab and put the sample straight into the FBI’s database. Local law enforcement say this could cut months out of their investigation time and possibly solve crimes they couldn’t have otherwise.