Daily Archives: May 2, 2019

My Work Matters

Not all heroes wear capes, and we know that the work of people behind the bench and in the lab impacts countless lives.

As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of ISHI, we would like to acknowledge the people that have made this meeting successful – you! Throughout the year, we will be showcasing people in the field of forensic science, just like you. We know that it takes a special kind of person to do forensics work, and we’d like to know what you enjoy most about working in the forensic science field. Is it knowing that you helped to get one more predator off of the street or exonerating the innocent? Or maybe it’s applying the science you love to social issues or working on new technologies? Maybe there’s a specific case that you’ve worked on that has stuck with you.

Whatever it is, we want to hear it! Provide a photo of yourself (with or without your lab mates) and let us know why you love working in forensics, and you’ll receive a cool forensic science bumper sticker for your effort (see below).*

Submissions must be received between May 1 – June 30, 2019 to be eligible. Selected submissions will be displayed on ISHI social channels, such as Linked In, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and may be displayed at ISHI 30 or on the ISHI website
* We are not able to mail bumper stickers outside the US.

California Court Urged to Advance Case Against State Retention of DNA Profiles of Innocent People

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– NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The San Francisco County Superior Court today will hear arguments in a case challenging California law enforcement’s practice of retaining DNA profiles of individuals arrested for a felony.
The lawsuit, brought by the Center for Genetics and Society, the Equal Justice Society, and Pete Shanks against California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the California Department of Justice, alleges that law enforcement’s practice of taking DNA samples from arrestees suspected of a felony and retaining the profiles in a database, even if they’re never charged or convicted, violates privacy protections and restrictions on unreasonable searches and seizures in California’s constitution.

ICE starting 90-minute DNA tests on immigrant families at border

Federal immigration officers working on the U.S.-Mexico border will start “as early as next week” carrying out rapid DNA tests on immigrants in custody who claim to be related, a Department of Homeland Security official told the Washington Examiner on Wednesday evening.

Jaw from a mysterious human species shows early embrace of the high life

Four decades ago, a monk came to pray at a limestone cave two miles above sea level in the Tibetan Plateau. There the monk found half of a human mandible. He took the bone from the cave, and his village gave it to scientists working in the area, who stored the jawbone in an archaeological collection.
In 2010, archaeologists began studying the fossil and made a remarkable discovery: This high-altitude jaw is not like yours or mine. Proteins pried out of its ancient teeth revealed the mandible belonged to a Denisovan, an extinct human species related to Neanderthals.