Daily Archives: January 23, 2019

ASCLD Train the Director Series

The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) and the American Society of Crime Lab Director’s (ASCLD) are partnering to bring the crime lab leadership community an expansive training series highlighting five different forensic disciplines:

Crime Gun Intelligence (Thursday, January 24, 2:00 PM ET – 3:00 PM ET)
Digital Forensics (Thursday, January 31, 2:00 PM ET – 3:00 PM ET)
Fire Debris Analysis (Thursday, February 7, 2:00 PM ET – 3:00 PM ET)
Trace Analysis (Thursday, February 14, 2:00 PM ET – 3:00 PM ET)
Quality Assurance (TBD)
Attend any or all of these webinars using the link below.
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He’s accused of killing two police officers. His trial can’t begin until the shutdown ends.

The lapse in federal government funding affected the Department of Homeland Security and the Justice Department, which includes the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Justice Department employees involved in criminal investigations and prosecution are among those working without a paycheck.

House supports Morrison’s bill providing new tool to identify human remains

Indianapolis, IN – The House of Representatives voted Tuesday in support of State Rep. Alan Morrison’s (R-Brazil) proposal giving coroners one more way to quickly and accurately identify human remains.

Employers cannot use genetic information to make employment decisions

A health care center in Phoenix recently addressed the question of whether it could legally obtain DNA from its male employees.
The facility needed to determine whether any of its workers was responsible for impregnating a woman who had been living at the facility in a vegetative state for 10 years following a drowning.

Why China Is the Brave New World of Editing Human DNA

The headline-making births last November of the world’s first gene-edited babies (twin girls) was unsurprising in one way: The scientist involved was from China. As part of its effort to dominate scientific spheres including biotechnology, China has taken the lead in testing uses of Crispr, a tool newly available to researchers enabling them to alter DNA codes simply and inexpensively. Chinese scientists were the first to test Crispr in monkey embryos, in non-viable human embryos, in adult humans, and now in creating designer babies. Now China is confronting accusations that its regulatory system is overlooking the ethical considerations and medical risks.