Daily Archives: December 19, 2018

Kerala now has an ID card and DNA database for all its captive elephants

In November, the Supreme Court had directed 17 states to conduct a census of elephants in captivity by December 2018. This was in response to public interest litigation (PIL) to implement the provisions of the Wildlife (Protection) Act 1960, which was meant to protect elephants in captivity. The Kerala government, in a project conducted along with the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB), has gone one step further.
The government not only conducted a census of the then-521 elephants in captivity but also conducted a DNA fingerprinting and created a DNA bank and Unique Identification Cards for all captive elephants in the states. On Tuesday, the RGCB handed over the DNA bank, a preliminary version of the ID cards as well as a report to Forest Department’s Chief Wildlife Warden PC Kesavan.

Murrieta Genomics and Encrypgen Enable People to Own and Control Their DNA Information

“In many cases, people who get their genome sequenced have no control over how their data is used,” stated Deepankar Roy, PhD, co-founder and science officer for Murrieta Genomics. “The companies doing the sequencing anonymize the data and then sell it to researchers repeatedly. We encourage the sharing of important research data – but on the individual’s terms.”

Dramatic advances in forensics expose the need for genetic data legislation

Many people first became familiar with DNA testing through its use in the OJ Simpson murder trial in 1994. Now, 24 years later, there have been two dramatic advances in the capability of forensic genetics that mark the start of a new era.
The first is the amount of information we can predict about a person from DNA found at a crime scene, and the second is the way police can use open genealogy databases to identify people.

Crime solvers embraced genetic genealogy

The Golden State killer case was just the beginning.
Every week, Ellen Greytak checks DNA profiles in a genealogy database. She’s not searching for long-lost relatives. She’s out to find family members of unknown assailants in rape and murder cases.

A flake of skin found at Albany murder site offers limited DNA evidence, expert testifies

LIVINGSTON — A flake of skin that defense attorneys hoped would help prove their client innocent of a 20-year-old murder charge has so far yielded few definitive answers.
While defense attorneys say the tiny amount of DNA does not belong to Michael Wearry, who was convicted of killing a 16-year-old pizza delivery boy in Albany, it does not point clearly to another suspect.