Daily Archives: October 26, 2018

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.
Submit your proposal by January 11, 2019
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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.