Category Archives: Database

Mandatory DNA collection on felony arrests yields results

Indiana- Eight months after a law requiring state police to collect DNA samples from anyone arrested on a felony charge took effect, the policymakers behind the measure are praising what they see as positive results.

DNA-testing company 23andMe signed a $300 million deal with a drug giant. Here are the other private ‘third parties’ that genetics companies share your data with.

Perhaps you didn’t intend for that spit sample you shipped off to be used for research on antacids. But that could be what happens with some of the data that genetics-testing companies like Ancestry, 23andMe, and Helix have collected from billions of customers and stored in their databases.

Korea Remains Could Be Army Troops Who Fell at ‘Frozen Chosin’

The remains returned by North Korea are possibly those of Army troops who fell in the brutal 1950 battle at the Chosin Reservoir, Pentagon POW/MIA officials said Thursday.
The returned remains are associated with the fight at what was called the “Frozen Chosin” for the sub-zero temperatures in which Marine and Army units fought their way out of encirclement by Chinese forces and were evacuated by sea, said Dr. John Byrd, a forensic anthropologist.

Sheriff turns to family tree databases to find ID of first victim of serial killer

MARION, Ohio — The Marion County Sheriff is turning to DNA databases used by amateur genealogists to fill in their family trees in his latest effort to find the identity of a woman who may be the first victim of serial killer Shawn Grate. Those databases were used to solve recent high profile cases including the arrest of the Golden State Killer after he murdered dozens and eluded police for decades.

Jury convicts Janesville man in 2000 sex assault

A state statute passed in 2015 expanded the types of crimes that require DNA collection, police said, and that’s why in 2017 investigators were able to match Baxter’s DNA to a blood sample in the 2000 case.

U.S. using DNA testing in effort to reunite families it separated

(Reuters) – The U.S. government, under court order to quickly reunify parents and children who were separated after crossing illegally into the United States from Mexico, has expanded its use of DNA tests to establish paternity in immigration matters.

Could DNA Testing Reunite Immigrant Families? Get the Facts.

More than 2,000 immigrant children—some just toddlers—have been separated from their families and are now strewn across shelters in at least 16 states. With no clear end to the crisis, some commercial DNA testing companies are offering to help.

Victorians under arrest to be DNA swabbed under new legislation

AUS- Victoria Police will have the power to take DNA swabs from every person arrested for a serious crime, before they’re even charged, under proposed new laws set to be tabled on Wednesday.
Police say more than 10,000 unsolved crimes could be unravelled if Parliament passes the new legislation to be introduced by the police minister.

Russian authorities asked New Zealand police to search DNA database in hunt for Russian serial killer

Russian authorities hunting a serial killer asked New Zealand police to search their DNA database in a bid to catch the dangerous and wanted murderer.
The request is one of at least 38 for DNA searches made to New Zealand police from international law enforcement agencies hunting foreign killers and criminals since a law change in 2016.

The VA wants veterans to be part of a new DNA database

CINCINNATI — The US Department of Veterans Affairs is asking veterans to be part of a new DNA database that could help deliver them better care.
The initiative – called the Million Veteran Program – is a national, voluntary research program funded entirely by the VA’s Office of Research & Development.

Delaware finally begins to tackle its backlog of untested rape kits

Any day now, a Delaware rape suspect will be arrested because long-untested rape kit evidence has linked him to the sexual assault.
Delaware now is reviewing 640 kits, which long languished in Delaware police evidence rooms, and have now been tested and are being compared to DNA records on file in the state and the national CODIS data base.

Boston police explore using commercial DNA databases

Boston police are exploring how to use public genealogy databases to identify suspects in crimes where they collected DNA but cannot find a match after the high profile arrest of the suspected “Golden State Killer.”

Intermountain Healthcare to Build Global DNA Registry with AncestryDNA, 23andMe Data

Intermountain Healthcare is building a new global DNA registry based on medical histories from people around the world, using existing genetic test results and electronic health histories.
The new DNA database, the GeneRosity Registry, will enable researchers to find genetic codes that determine who’s at risk of developing genetic health problems and help them quickly and economically.

Tim Schellberg: Without Criminal Databases, DNA Machine Can’t Work

While the state Forensics Science Laboratory (FSL), Kalina, is in a tizzy over the possible acquisition of the sophisticated Rapid DNA Analysis System that is said to help speed up criminal investigations, an expert on the issue believes the decision is unwise.
Tim Schellberg, President of Gordon Thomas Honeywell, Governmental Affairs, USA, strongly feels that the machine cannot be used for actual crime scene analysis, and it is at present used only for reference sample analysis in advanced countries where DNA profiling data banks are available. India may make use of this technology, in years to come, when they have the data bank ready.

National DNA databank for missing persons up and running after years of delay

On Aug. 2 1993, 14-year-old Lindsey Nicholls went walking down a rural road in Vancouver Island’s Comox Valley. That was the last anyone saw of her.
Her mother, Judy Peterson, believes her daughter was hitchhiking. Police believe she met with foul play, she says.