Monthly Archives: June 2020

Stuck at Home, Scientists Discover 9 New Insect Species

WHEN THE NATURAL History Museum of Los Angeles County shut down due to the pandemic in mid-March, Lisa Gonzalez headed home with the expectation that she would be back in a few weeks. But once it became clear that she wouldn’t get back anytime soon, Gonzalez, the museum’s assistant entomology collection manager, converted her home’s craft room into a makeshift lab. Then she began sifting through thousands of insects the museum had previously collected via a citizen science project.

NIST Adds New ‘Fingerprints’ to Chemical Identification Database

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has updated its database of chemical fingerprints, called mass spectra, that are used to identify unknown chemical compounds. The NIST Mass Spectral Library and its new version, called NIST20, is used in health care, drug discovery, foods and fragrances, oil and natural gas, environmental protection, forensic science and almost every other industry that manufactures or measures physical stuff.

Important Update- ISHI 31 will be a virtual event

The health and safety of our ISHI attendees, exhibitors, partners, and staff is our top priority. Although we would love to gather together this fall in San Antonio, the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic makes it impossible for us to guarantee a safe and satisfactory experience for attendees. We have determined that restrictions on travel, occupancy limits at the venue and masking requirements would negatively impact an in-person ISHI 31.

We recognize that hearing updates on forensic science is still of vital interest to the community. We are also aware that the pandemic is adversely affecting budgets for forensic labs. In order to support the educational needs of the forensic community, the ISHI virtual experience will be offered at a nominal price to make the symposium accessible to the largest audience possible.

To address questions you may have, we have updated our Frequently Asked Questions page. Please contact Sharon Zelanka with any additional questions. While we’re disappointed that we won’t be together in San Antonio this fall, we can’t wait to connect with you online!

Face mask DNA leads to arrest of accused rapist in California

KING CITY, Calif. (KSBW) – DNA evidence recovered from a face mask led to the arrest of a suspected rapist in California.
It all unfolded when the suspect was asked to come to the King City Police Department to be questioned regarding an unrelated crime. That’s when investigators used fancy detective work to get a sample of his DNA.

DNA Analysis Offers Clues to Production of the Dead Sea Scrolls

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL—According to a Science News report, molecular biologist Oded Rechavi of Tel Aviv University and his colleagues analyzed animal DNA obtained from 26 Dead Sea Scroll fragments in order to study the possible origins of the ancient parchments.