Daily Archives: June 25, 2018

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.”

More untested rape kits found as Hawley’s search continues

Former Gov. Eric Greitens signed a bill from state lawmakers that requires the creation of a more formal, electronic tracking system. The new law also will allow victims to access the system to track the status of their forensic evidence.

Adoptees turn to DNA tests for answers

DNA testing has become something revolutionary for adults who were adopted as babies or children, often without ever knowing anything about their family or background.
DNA testing can sometimes be the first concrete piece of information an adopted person has ever heard about themselves. That’s powerful.