Daily Archives: May 14, 2019

The future of justice depends on fixing the forensic science crisis

UK-We are fascinated by it, and rightly so – what science enables us to detect has transformed how we reconstruct criminal events, whether using digital information like phone data and automated recognition technologies, or detecting DNA traces that often go unnoticed.
And yet the field is in trouble. Earlier this month, the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee published the findings of its inquiry into forensic science, setting out in no uncertain terms that the system is in crisis.

Snoop Dogg joins SVU star Ice-T in calling for Delaware County District Attorney to allow DNA testing that could overturn murder conviction

One of America’s most recognizable faces, Snoop Dogg, sent a powerful message to Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun Copeland Monday, intensifying the push to give a Chester man who has been sitting in prison for over 39 years a DNA test.

Lopez Bill to Require DNA Sample Collection for Child Pornography Arrests Clears Assembly Panel

(TRENTON) – Under a measure (A-4677) passed by the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee Monday, a DNA sample would be required to be collected from a person arrested for endangering the welfare of a child by committing a child pornography offense.

Plastic milk container, genealogy helped Utah police crack church assault case

CENTERVILLE — A plastic milk container and genealogy.
Centerville police used both of those items recently to figure out who allegedly attacked a 71-year-old woman while she was practicing the organ in a church meetinghouse. It’s the same technology used by authorities to identify and arrest the Golden State Killer last year.

After 36 years, DNA evidence and genealogy help to ID a murder victim and her killer

Almost 37 years later, with the help of DNA detectives, genealogy records and dogged detective work, the mystery was solved. The victim in the lonely grave is Mary Silvani, a Pontiac, Michigan, native who grew up in Detroit, had two brothers and eventually moved to California.

Researchers break down DNA of world’s largest mammals —

Scientists know that age and weight are risk factors in the development of cancer. That should mean that whales, which include some of the largest and longest-lived animals on Earth, have an outsized risk of developing cancer.

Could solved cold case unravel Harmeier homicide?

Might the solving of a 46-year-old homicide in Vigo County lead police to the answer of who killed an Indiana University student 42 years ago?

DNA To The Rescue: How Researchers Are Finding Illegal Shark Fins

Another shipment has come, and you watch as the boats are boarded and searched. You notice specks of blood in the corners of the vessel and wonder just what is waiting inside the freezers and fridges. As you walk into a fridge, you are stunned to see it lined from the floor to the ceiling with fins. Now comes the hard part… identifying them all.

Researchers from Europe and the United Kingdom have successfully used DNA analysis to determine the identity of 15 ancient skeletons uncovered in 2011.

Researchers from Europe and the United Kingdom have successfully used DNA analysis to determine the identity of 15 ancient skeletons uncovered in 2011.
In a study featured in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, archeologists from several different organizations have worked together to examine 5,000-year-old human remains that were unearthed near the city of Koszyce in Poland.