Monthly Archives: July 2017

Register Now for ABC Exam

Due to popular demand, an American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) exam will be offered in conjunction with ISHI 28 on Sunday, October 1 from 1:00-4:00pm. The exam will take place at the Washington State Convention Center. Applications to sit for the exam must be received by August 4. Certification requirements, study guides and the application form are available on the ABC website. If a minimum number of participants is not reached, the exam may be cancelled.

The Fight Against Human Trafficking

DNA-Prokids, conceived by Dr. Jose Lorente at the University of Grenada, applies a scientific solution to the problem. The idea is simple: reunite families by testing parental DNA against that of children pulled from suspicious circumstances and illegal adoption centers. Lorente partnered in the project with the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification. Since 2007, DNA-Prokids has reunited more than 700 kids with their parents while preventing more than 200 illegal adoptions.

Exhuming Salvador Dalí: Paternity Suit Leads to Artist’s Grave

In a surreal development almost worthy of one of his paintings, Salvador Dalí’s grave is scheduled to be opened tomorrow (July 20) in an effort to collect DNA samples that could settle a paternity claim against the artist’s estate.
Obtaining a viable DNA sample from Dalí’s 28-year-old remains will be a challenge, but not impossible, said Victoria Moore, the commercial DNA services manager for LGC, the United Kingdom’s leading life sciences testing and forensics company.

DNA ‘billion to one’ evidence identifies guilty man for brutal killing 40 years ago

North Wales- Breakthroughs in forensic testing and the “foresight” of scientists has finally helped convict the real killer of a 15-year-old schoolgirl more than 40 years ago.

Ultrasensitive DNA quantification by light scattering

Traces of biomolecules such as DNA can be detected with a new “dynamic” technique based on the observation of association and dissociation events of gold nanoparticles. If the desired DNA sequence is present, it can reversibly bind two nanoparticles together. This can be detected in real time through a change in light scattering. As reported in the journal Angewandte Chemie, this method differentiates true signals from noise and can detect deviations of individual bases.

61 cases under investigation as rape kit test results return

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The State Attorney’s Office and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office are getting results from rape kits that were left untested for years.
About a year and a half ago, there was a big push to test DNA evidence that had stacked up for decades. More than 1,400 untested rape kits were sent to the lab from the Northeast Florida area.
The results are being put into a national database to see if a suspect can be identified by tracing DNA — and it’s working.

Bodies Found In Swiss Glacier Believed To Be Couple Missing Since 1942

On a summer day in August 1942, Swiss couple Marcelin and Francine Dumoulin set off on foot in the Alps. They never returned.
Now, two bodies have been discovered in a shrinking glacier by a worker from a ski lift company, according to Swiss media, and they are believed to be the couple who disappeared some 75 years ago.

Siberia: Medieval Mummies From Mystery Arctic Civilization Discovered In Zelenyy Yar Necropolis

Two medieval mummies from an Arctic civilization have been discovered at the edge of Siberia. The remains of an adult and a baby were found in the Zelenyy Yar necropolis, an archaeological complex discovered in 1997. They were covered in copper, the adult having been plated from head to toe.
Excavations at Zelenyy Yar ended last week, but over the course of this year’s expedition to the Arctic site, scientists found 10 graves. Five had not been looted for their “grave goods,” valuable objects placed with bodies in ancient burials.

Idaho becomes first in the nation with online tracking of sexual assault kits

After a year of Idaho using an online tracking system for sexual assault kits, the nation’s first, the system has proved to be a success.
The online tracking system allows sexual assault victims to track their sexual assault kits, and it keeps law enforcement more organized and accountable in the process, said Matthew Gamette, Idaho State Police laboratory systems director.

Heritage’s Muhlhausen to Head NIJ

David Muhlhausen of the Heritage Foundation has been named director of the National Institute of Justice, the U.S. Justice Department’s research arm, the White House announced. He succeeds Nancy Rodriguez of Arizona State University, who had been NIJ director since early 2015.
Muhlhausen, a research fellow in empirical policy analysis at Heritage, has “championed using rigorous, empirical research to formulate and evaluate government policies,” the White House said.

DNA Evidence Collected By M-Vac Helps Solve 40 Year Old Cold Case

Salt Lake City, Utah (PRWEB) June 29, 2017
On December 4th, 1977 Sharon Schollmeyers was a 16 year old girl living in an apartment in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. Unfortunately, there was a murderous stalker who was dangerously close and it proved to be deadly for her. According to court documents the next day Sharon was found by her mother naked in her bathtub in 6 inches of water with a gag in her mouth and a halter-top around her head as a blindfold. She had been strangled, suffocated and her death was ruled a homicide.

Promega First to Achieve Third-Party Certification of Published ISO 18385 Manufacturing Standard to Minimize Risk of Human DNA Contamination in Forensic Products

MADISON, Wis.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Promega Corporation has become the first major forensic manufacturer to achieve third-party certification of the published ISO 18385 standard to minimize the risk of human DNA contamination in products used to collect, store and analyze biological material for forensic purposes. This Forensic DNA Grade certification comes following a recent onsite audit by international certification agency Bureau Veritas.

Researchers think they know where Amelia Earhart died — days after a photo suggested she lived

Despite recent claims to the contrary, there’s no doubt in Ric Gillespie’s mind that Amelia Earhart died as a castaway after her plane crashed on a desolate island in the Pacific Ocean.
But he realizes the rest of the world needs a smoking gun.

Forensic Scientists Recover Human DNA from Mosquitoes

Human blood extracted from mosquitoes remains viable for DNA analysis up to two days after feeding, new research shows.

Belarus-Russia Union State launches DNA Identification program

TULA, 6 July (BelTA) – The Belarus-Russia Union State is starting the DNA Identification program, State Secretary of the Union State Grigory Rapota told the media on 6 July, BelTA has learned.