Daily Archives: April 5, 2018

New Solicitation: Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence-Inventory, Tracking, and Reporting Program (SAFE-ITR)

NIJ seeks funding applications from eligible States and units of local government that will inventory, track, and report the status of Sexual Assault Kits (SAKs).
As an integral part of these activities, applicants are expected to identify and prioritize (for testing) SAKs for which prosecution of a perpetrator is soon to be barred by the expiration of an applicable statute(s) of limitations.

Estonia to Collect DNA From 100,000 Citizens

The Small Baltic Nation Of Estonia Wants To Collect DNA Samples From 100,000 Citizens In Order To Provide Custom Healthcare And Advice. The Estonian Government Launched The Initiative Last Month. But It’s Not A New Concept.
Estonia Has Collected And Studied 50,000 DNA Samples For Its Biobank Program Since 2000. Estonia’s University Of Tartu Said This New Initiative Seeks To Add 100,000 More Samples Over The Course Of 2018, Which Will Cost The Government €5 Million. Eventually, The Nation Hopes To Fill Its Biobank With DNA From All Of Its 1.3 Million Citizens And Establish A Nationwide Database With Information That Can Help A Person Prevent Or Minimize Illness Based On Genetic Health Risks.
The Minister Of Health And Labor Said The Program Will “boost The Development Of Personalized Medicine In Estonia And Thus Contribute To The Advancement Of Preventive Healthcare.

National group praises signing of DNA bill

Governor Justice signed the bill last week. The bill allows the West Virginia State Police to contract with the Marshall University Forensic Science Center to process lab work related to the testing of offender samples for the Combined DNA Index System, and DNA testing in criminal paternity cases, criminal casework and identification of human remains.
It also sets parameters in which law enforcement and correctional officers can use reasonable force to obtain DNA samples and allows for collection of mouth swabs.