Daily Archives: November 9, 2018

DNA Identifies Origins of World’s Oldest Natural Mummy

Scientists discovered the ancient human skeleton known as the “Spirit Cave Mummy” back in 1940, hidden in a small rocky cave in the Great Basin Desert in northwest Nevada. But it wouldn’t be until the 1990s that radiocarbon dating techniques revealed the skeleton was some 10,600 years old, making it the oldest natural mummy ever found.

DNA evidence could soon tell cops your age, whether you smoke, and what you ate for breakfast

That was the case in a murder trial that Bruce McCord, a forensic chemist at Florida International University, served as an expert witness in. A woman was murdered shortly after she went through a divorce, and DNA from her ex-husband was found on her body. But it was hard to tell if the DNA was the result of innocent contact between the two, or if it was incriminating, and came from blood.

It is with deep regret that we announce the loss of our colleague, Art Eisenberg, PhD.

It is with deep regret that we announce the loss of our colleague, Art Eisenberg, PhD. Prior to his retirement in 2017, Dr. Eisenberg served as Professor of Molecular and Medical Genetics and Co-Director of the Center for Human identification at the University of North Texas Health Science Center.

In a career that spanned more than three decades, Dr. Eisenberg worked on cases involving serial killers, mass graves, hurricanes, terrorist attacks and all manner of violent crimes. Under his leadership, the UNT Center for Human Identification processed more than 5,200 human remains, making more than 1,500 DNA associations that led to identifications. Perhaps his greatest legacy, however, is the establishment of the Master of Science program in Forensic Genetics, ensuring that the science he pioneered will carry on for generations to come.

Information on funeral arrangements will be shared when available. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dr. Eisenberg’s family during this difficult time.