Monthly Archives: February 2018

Santa Clara County Supes Pass Sexual Assault Kit Analysis Recommendation

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously passed a recommendation from Supervisor Cindy Chavez requiring the District Attorney’s Office to bring back current information on financing needed for the county’s untested sexual assault kits.

Army Deploys Biometrics System to Iraq

Army researchers are providing a system to forces in Iraq that provides contact-free fingerprint, facial recognition and iris detection capabilities. The system has been deployed to an undisclosed location as part of a joint urgent operational need and will be assessed for about 30 days to determine if it might be used elsewhere.

International forensics lab unlocks 28-year-old Yellowknife missing person case

The breakthrough last week by police in the Northwest Territories in the 28-year-old case of a missing Inuit woman in Yellowknife was made with the help of a forensics lab in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

More rape kits in Southern Nevada being tested after new law

Police have worked through a chunk of untested rape kits in less than a year since state legislators passed a law to address a massive backlog.
According to data submitted Tuesday by the Metropolitan Police Department to lawmakers, 4,750 sexual assault kits in Southern Nevada remain untested. That is down from 6,473 untested kits as of December 2014 — the most recent figure available.

DNA, crime labs and why what you see on TV dramas isn’t real life

DNA may be tiny, but it has made a big impact as a source of physical evidence in criminal cases. Crime shows like “Law and Order” and “CSI” have done a lot to educate viewers about DNA, but the actual forensic science – how DNA is used in criminal cases – is usually poorly portrayed.

Tackling Albuquerque’s Rape Kit Backlog

In Albuquerque, New Mexico, thousands of untested rape kits have never been sent for DNA analysis—a process that could, in some cases, lead to the identification of sex offenders and the discovery of serial rapists. Now, Mayor Tim Keller has signed an executive order asking Albuquerque to devise a plan to end its rape kit backlog.

Courting Change: a Fresh Take on DNA Profiling

Y chromosome profiling, important in sexual assault cases, can often be presented incorrectly in court. New math could help by taking the ambiguity out of the equation.

Ancient DNA Tells Tales of Humans’ Migratory History

Fueled by advances in analyzing DNA from the bones of ancient humans, scientists have dramatically expanded the number of samples studied­­ – revealing vast and surprising migrations and genetic mixing of populations in our prehistoric past.

Smoothing the Transition to MPS for Forensic Laboratories

Thursday, March 29, 2018
Forensic laboratories have much to consider before adopting massively parallel sequencing (MPS). In this webinar, Dr. de Knijff will discuss considerations around implementation of MPS in the forensic laboratory. View additional information below.

Time: 16:00 GMT+1
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Piecing together a Cape Cod pirate mystery

WEST YARMOUTH, Mass. — A human bone freed from a mass of sediment found in the area of the sunken Whydah pirate ship could hold enough DNA to help scientists determine whether it belonged to the pirate captain Samuel “Black Sam” Bellamy.

Cold case detectives hope to link local unsolved crimes to serial killer Ted Bundy

SEATTLE – More than 50 years after serial killer Ted Bundy began his murderous terror spree, local investigators are pushing to solve old crimes that could be connected to the serial killer while he lived in the Pacific Northwest.
KIRO 7 learned that Washington investigators are looking at evidence from two unsolved murders, using state-of-the-art technology.
However, there is one major hiccup — Ted Bundy’s DNA is not in the Washington state database.

ICMP: The first Results of DNA Analysis from Laboratories in The Hague to arrive in BiH in March

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), whose DNA Laboratory was moved from BH to The Hague will start with profiling of the cases from the Western Balkans already in the upcoming month, when the new laboratory system is fully functional, as confirmed by Sasa Kulukcija, the spokesperson of ICMP.
To recall, the new laboratory was moved to The Hague at the end of December last year.

DNA Links Fort Bragg Soldier To 2013 Cypress Rape

CYPRESS, TX — Justice hoped for can be a long shot in a lot of cases, and for the family whose child was beaten and sexually assaulted in February 2013, that has been the case for five years.
By DNA taken from a bloody sweatshirt found in a gas station bathroom, as well as DNA collected from the victim, linked a Fort Bragg soldier to the sexual assault and kidnapping of a then-teenaged girl.

App Developers Hope To Battle Rape Kit Backlog With NowtRKit

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A group of engineers are using their technology to help end the backlog of rape kits — with an app.

India Has To Build A Dna Database: Tim Schellberg

India has not been focusing on collection, testing and comparing DNA for faster convictions, said Tim Schellberg, founder and President of Gordan Thomas Honeywell Governmental Affairs (Forensic DNA Law and Policy). He was speaking at the 24th All India Forensic Science Conference at Gujarat University on Sunday. A panel discussion on ‘Building DNA Casework in India to Strengthen Investigation in Sexual Assault Cases’ saw participation from lawyers, FSL officers, IPS and academicians.