Daily Archives: July 16, 2019

In an Apparent First, Genetic Genealogy Aids a Wrongful Conviction Case

It started as a way to trace family history. It evolved into a tool to help solve decades-old cold cases. Now, for apparently the first time, a genealogy database is expected to lead to charges being dropped against an Idaho man convicted in a decades-old rape and murder case.

The ISHI Report

• A guide to interpreting and reporting contaminated profiles.
• Articles on how Rapid DNA is being used in mass casualty disasters.
• Features on the newest technologies, which will be presented during the ISHI 30 panel discussion.
• Information on how touch DNA is bringing rhinoceros poachers to justice.
• Interviews with investigative genealogy experts on how GEDmatch updates will impact future cases, and more!

A new look at the Gibraltar Neanderthals

Modern DNA sequencing techniques are allowing us to discover more about some iconic Neanderthal skulls than ever before.

An Epidemic of Disbelief

What new research reveals about sexual predators, and why police fail to catch them.

How much should juries rely on expert testimony?

Ten years ago, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) published a groundbreaking study on the use of forensics in criminal trials. The study found that, in the “pattern matching” fields of forensics in particular, expert witnesses had been vastly overstating the significance and certainty of their analyses. For some fields, such as bite-mark analysis, the study found no scientific research at all to support the central claims of practitioners.