Monthly Archives: June 2018

This Week In China Tech: WeChat Offers Users Their DNA

China has 100,000 citizens’ DNA records that can be accessed using their face in WeChat, the northern part of the country beats a green energy record, and Baidu’s AI lab in Silicon Valley surpasses Harvard and MIT in tumor recognition accuracy. This Week In China Tech stays on top of the most important tech stories coming out of the second fastest growing economy in the world.

Wrongful Convictions and DNA Exonerations: Understanding the Role of Forensic Science

A review of erroneous convictions that involved forensic science can help identify critical lessons for forensic scientists as they perform testing, interpret results, render conclusions, and testify in court.
By Gerald M. LaPorte

Immigrant Advocates Turn Down DNA Tests

Genetic tests have helped an organization called DNA-Prokids reconnect more than 1,000 missing children with their families in Mexico, Nepal, Thailand and several other countries, including the kidnapping case in Guatemala City.
Jose Lorente, a professor of forensic medicine at the University of Granada in Spain, started the organization. Lorente said he was moved by the children he saw on the streets in cities around the world. Many were victims of trafficking and had parents who were looking for them.

Why immigration groups said no to using DNA to reunite separated kids

For the more than 2,000 immigrant kids who were taken from their parents when they crossed the U.S.-Mexico border as a result of the Trump administration’s new zero-tolerance immigration policy, it isn’t clear how difficult it will be to reunite them with their families now that the Trump administration has said that it wants to end its policy family separation.

Skeletons Of Executed Immigrants Found In Neolithic Mass Grave In Germany, Archaeologists Report

Forbes- Neolithic farming culture seven millennia ago may seem like a peaceful paleo society, but growing archaeological evidence, including a newly discovered mass grave of skeletons in Germany, has revealed the systematic execution of immigrants in this time period.

Using DNA and ancestry sites to solve crimes: Good police work or invasion of privacy?

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – More than 25 years after Lancaster County elementary teacher Christy Mirack was brutally killed, an arrest has been made using DNA evidence and a genealogy site.
The same technology led to an arrest in a 30-year-old double murder case in Seattle and also helped police identify a suspect in the Golden State Killer cases.

We’ve discovered a way to recover DNA from fingerprints without destroying them

Fingerprints hold a lot more information than you might realise. They don’t just provide a pattern with which to identify people. They can also contain DNA. And as neither DNA nor fingerprints are infallible ways of working out who was at a location, combining both pieces of evidence could be vital for investigators.

BYU family history students helping the Army identify remains of missing soldiers with DNA testing

One mother continued setting a place at the dinner table every night for her son — just in case.
Not every family of the 82,000 American soldiers who have gone missing in wars since World War II will get answers, but a group at Brigham Young University is hoping to help some of them learn what happened to their loved ones.

Modern forensics lead Brazos County authorities to executed murderer as likely killer of Virginia Freeman

“The solving of this cold case, after 37 years of investigating, brings relief and closure for the Freeman family, Virginia’s friends, the local real estate industry and our community,” Kirk said Monday.

Could DNA Testing Reunite Immigrant Families? Get the Facts.

More than 2,000 immigrant children—some just toddlers—have been separated from their families and are now strewn across shelters in at least 16 states. With no clear end to the crisis, some commercial DNA testing companies are offering to help.

68 years after the Korean War, hundreds of US families are still searching for closure

The Korean War broke out 68 years ago this month, when North Korean tanks and troops crossed the 38th parallel on June 25, 1950, as part of an “all out offensive” against South Korea.
The remains of thousands of US soldiers are still in North Korea, despite decades of effort by families and the US military to repatriate them.

The city of kidnapped children

THE sister of a girl snatched in one of Australia’s most baffling unsolved child abduction cases is calling for all evidence in long-term missing children cases to be urgently retested for DNA.
Joanne Ratcliffe, 11, and Kirste Gordon, 4, were snatched from the grounds of Adelaide Oval in broad daylight during a football match attended by thousands of people on August 25, 1973.

Using DNA tests to reunite migrant families on the border raises privacy concerns

SAN FRANCISCO — Genetics testing companies are offering to help reunite families separated at the border, but it’s unclear how they would get DNA kits into the hands of migrants and the testing itself could carry hefty privacy risks for migrant families.

Supreme Court Clears Dennis Man Linked to 2009 Armed Robbery

The justices held that the DNA-tolling exception applies only when the state obtains DNA evidence that directly matches the defendant to physical evidence of a crime.
Further, the court noted that in Twiggs’ case, a grand jury indicted him based primarily on Tracy’s confession and his subsequent implication of Twiggs as a co-conspirator in the armed robbery.
“There exists no direct link between the DNA extracted from the physical evidence and Twiggs.

Discarded napkin helps US police crack 32-year-old murder mystery

It began on March 26, 1986, when 12-year-old Michella Welch disappeared while playing with her two young sisters at a park.
A police dog found her remains that evening in a ravine, but the investigation bogged down and was eventually filed as an unresolved “cold case.”