Daily Archives: August 29, 2016

New tech helps catch ‘serial killer’

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The ministry said it used new technology to retest biological evidence, allowing it to identify Gao. Earlier this year officers examined Gao’s DNA and fingerprints and found they matched those of the wanted killer.

FBI’s New DNA Process Produces More Matches in Suspect Database

FBI InstrumentsWASHINGTON—Federal Bureau of Investigation scientists have adopted a new method of analyzing DNA samples, generating thousands of fresh potential leads in cold cases from the world’s largest genetic database of suspects.
The change doesn’t affect how the FBI collects or tests samples, but how it compares them at its laboratory facilities in Quantico, Va.

Gov. Matt Bevin Ceremonially Signs Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit Bill

Backlog of sexual assault kitsFRANKFORT, Ky. (8/25/16) — Gov. Matt Bevin, joined by Sen. Denise Harper Angel, Sen. Whitney Westerfield, Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rick Sanders and Kentucky State Auditor Mike Harmon, yesterday ceremonially signed Senate Bill 63, requiring all sexual assault examination kits which have not been subjected to testing, be submitted to the Kentucky State Police forensic laboratory by Jan. 1, 2017.

How A Harvard Doctor’s Sordid Murder Launched Modern Forensic Anthropology

Remains for anthroThe history of modern forensic anthropology is a bit murky. As an applied science rather than a “pure” one, forensics was shunned for decades, its findings inadmissible in court. But the 19th century murder of a Harvard Medical School doctor launched the field, revolutionized law in the process, and began our longstanding fascination with TV shows like CSI and Bones.

Harvard University experts analyze DNA of Peru’s ancient female ruler

CaoLima, Aug. 26. Archaeologist Regulo Franco Jordan announced that Harvard University experts have started to analyze the DNA of Lady of Cao, the first female ruler of pre-Columbian Peru.

Police take step toward creating ‘wanted’ posters from DNA, thanks to new study

ancestryIt’s no secret that there is a genetic aspect to our looks ‒ how many times have you heard you look like a relative? It turns out that specific genetic mutations are responsible for many facial features, from nose size to face width, a new study finds.
Researchers led by John Shaffer, assistant professor of human genetics at the University of Pittsburgh, analyzed the genomes of more than 3,000 people with European ancestry. The subjects then had 3D scans done of their faces, which the scientists used to focus on 20 different facial traits, including measurements and sizes across different areas of the face.

Allegheny County paying double for DNA analysis program

new blue helixAllegheny County officials decided to buy TrueAllele, a new probabilistic genotyping program used to identify suspects in complex DNA mixtures involving more than one person, almost a decade ago.
Nine years after the $206,000 grant-funded purchase, the program is still not in use. Lab officials shelved it, citing among other concerns the program’s complexity, its general acceptance in the scientific community and reproducibility of results.