Daily Archives: January 27, 2017

Irish expert to crack cold cases after breakthrough in DNA profiling

DNA StrandsA NEW DNA profiling technique, which finally nabbed the Boston Strangler after half a century, is being used in Ireland for the first time to try to solve cold cases.
The genetic test is currently being employed to crack some of Ireland’s most serious unexplained crimes.
The technology – known as Y-STR DNA profiling – pinpoints male DNA in evidence samples which contain high levels of female DNA, such as in semen samples taken from a female victim in a sexual assault case.

Hundreds of DNA matches as Houston clears rape kit backlog

DNA profilesHOUSTON — Evidence from more than 6,600 rape kits that went untested for years in Houston have turned up 850 hits in the FBI’s nationwide database of DNA profiles, marking a major step in the city’s $6 million effort to address the backlog, officials announced Monday.