Monthly Archives: October 2018

Are bones found at Vatican Embassy missing schoolgirl Emanuela Orlandi?

Human remains have been discovered at a Vatican property in Rome, offering a potential breakthrough in a missing persons case dating back 35 years.
The remains, which are mostly bone fragments, were unearthed during construction work at the Vatican’s Embassy to Italy, near the Villa Borghese museum.

DNA testing begins to identify Lion Air crash victims

The police have begun DNA testing to identify victims of Lion Air flight JT610, which crashed into the Java Sea on Monday morning, and had gathered DNA samples from 152 relatives at Bhayangkara Police Hospital in Kramat Jati, East Jakarta.
National Police deputy chief Comr. Gen. Ari Dono Sukamto said that at least 15 forensic doctors and DNA experts were working to identify the body parts that the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) had recovered from the Java Sea.

OSP captain describes Oregon’s DNA backlog like ‘Whac-a-Mole’ game

SALEM, Ore. — As property crimes soar in Oregon, local law enforcement agencies are short one crime-fighting tool that’s considered crucial in solving property crimes: DNA testing.
Oregon State Police (OSP) decided to suspend DNA analysis for property crime evidence in December 2015, including the highly successful High Throughput Property Crimes (HTPC) pilot program.

5-year-old girl testifies against Ohio man accused of rape

WOOSTER — The trial of a Wooster man accused of raping a 5-year-old girl began Monday, with the mother of the victim maintaining that she does not believe the defendant, Anthony Bryant, harmed her daughter.

DNA Doe Project: Two retired California doctors help detectives solve cold cases using forensic DNA

LOS ANGELES, CA (FOX 11) – Two retired doctors are using DNA and genealogy to identify victims and unmask killers from the comfort of their own homes.
Colleen Fitzpatrick lives in Orange County and Margaret Press lives in Sonoma County, but the two of them are solving cold cases at an impressive rate.

Scientists Extract DNA From Seabiscuit’s Hooves

Eighty years ago, the horse famously trounced Triple Crown winner War Admiral. Did genetics make him an unlikely success?

DNA, fingerprint match: How FBI uncovered bomb suspect’s ID

WASHINGTON — In the hours before his arrest, as federal authorities zeroed in and secretly accumulated evidence, Cesar Sayoc was in his element: spinning classic and Top 40 hits in a nightclub where he’d found work as a DJ in the last two months.
As he entertained patrons from a dimly lit booth overlooking a stage of dancers at the Ultra Gentlemen’s Club, where Halloween decorations hung in anticipation of a costume party, he could not have known that investigators that very evening were capitalizing on his own mistakes to build a case against him.
He almost certainly had no idea that lab technicians had linked DNA on two pipe bomb packages he was accused of sending prominent Democrats to a sample of on file with Florida state authorities. Or that a fingerprint match had turned up on a separate mailing the authorities say he sent.

Call For Workshops

The ISHI Program Committee invites interested parties to submit workshop proposals for either full or half-day workshops to be held in conjunction with the 30th International Symposium on Human Identification. Workshops will be scheduled for Sunday, September 22, Monday, September 23 or Thursday, September 26, 2019.
All proposals will be reviewed by committee and selected based on perceived interest to the forensic community. Workshop proposals should be non-commercial and focused on educating forensic scientists on topics that will improve their technical, legal or policy knowledge.
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Why DNA tests for Indigenous heritage mean different things in Australia and the US

Last week, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren released a video strongly suggesting two things: she is running for US president in 2020, and she has Native American ancestry.
The second claim was apparently confirmed by the results of a DNA test, which compared genetic data from Warren’s whole genome with that from people of known Central and South American ancestry.
Warren has come under fire from both sides of US politics for releasing her genomic information. Many have questioned the veracity of the test. Others have said that even if Warren does have Native American ancestry, that doesn’t make her Native American.

Who am I? Hunt for heritage drives Chinese to DNA tests

A combination of factors—a lack of formal records or destruction during China’s wars and the Cultural Revolution—have meant there are few ways for Chinese to trace their genealogy in the ethnically diverse country.
But with a growing middle-class, an increasing number are now keen on tracing their roots, and DNA testing companies are cashing in.
China’s DNA sequencing market was worth about 7.2 billion yuan ($1.05 billion) last year and is forecast to grow to 18.3 billion yuan in 2022, according to estimates by Beijing-based CCID Consulting.

DNA leads to arrest in 35-year-old Florida rape case

ORLANDO, Fla. — A man has been arrested in a rape case that sat unsolved for nearly four decades until the case’s DNA evidence was tested last year.

Michigan Court of Appeals Affirms STRmix Use, Lower Court Decision in State v Muhammad Case

Court concludes that the trial court “did not abuse its discretion in admitting the results” from DNA testing.

New Tools for Law Enforcement Being Created at Rutgers University–Camden

CAMDEN, N.J. -Crime scenes might yield DNA evidence to help reveal the identity of a criminal, but law enforcement investigators often are stymied in that determination because genetic material collected can come from more than one person.
A Rutgers University–Camden researcher is working to create new scientific approaches to forensics that may provide new crime-solving tools for law enforcement agencies.

IARPA Wants to Identify Criminals From Their Skin Cells

The goal isn’t to replace DNA analysis but rather add another technology to forensic analysts’ toolbox.

DNA Evidence Exonerates a Man of Murder After 20 Years in Prison

The headlines are disturbingly familiar: A person, usually male and often black, who has spent a substantial stretch of his life behind bars is freed after DNA evidence shows that he is innocent.
That was the case for Horace Roberts, 60, who was released from a California prison on Oct. 3 after DNA evidence exonerated him in the 1998 killing of his former girlfriend and co-worker.