Daily Archives: June 8, 2016

Hopes for DNA extraction from treated bones

Committee-missing-personsThere is hope that remains of missing persons from the events of 1974 – that were treated with chemicals and were buried at the military cemetery in Lakatamia – will now be able to be identified.
The Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs, Fotis Fotiou, informed members of the press that samples of the skeletal remains had been sent to the US Department of Defence’s laboratory, which requested the type of chemical used in order to try and isolate DNA samples.

Killer breakthrough – the day DNA evidence first nailed a murderer

Alec JeffreysIt’s 30 years since DNA fingerprinting was first used in a police investigation. The technique has since put millions of criminals behind bars – and it all began when one scientist stumbled on the idea in a failed experiment

DNA from skin cells could implicate the innocent, studies suggest

DNA_evidenceDNA collected from skin cells left on objects such as door handles and guns is increasingly being used as evidence in criminal cases. But new studies show a person’s DNA can be transferred to an object that is never touched by the person, raising questions about the reliability of such samples.