Category Archives: Database

DNA Helps Uncover Suspect Behind 1970s South Lake Tahoe Murder Cases

El Dorado County DA Vern Pierson said their two families were “frozen in time,” suffering for years with no arrests, no suspects and no information — until now.
“It wouldn’t have happened without this technology,” Gaines said.

Inside Maine crime lab that helped catch suspected Alaska cold case killer

AUGUSTA, Maine —The Maine State Crime Lab played a critical role in the recent arrest of a Maine man in connection with a 26-year-old cold case killing in Alaska.
The lab processed a cheek swab from Steve Downs and uploaded the results to a state and federal database known as the Combined DNA Index System.

Kew Gardens scientists test DNA of wood in fight against illegal logging

Interpol estimates that illegal logging is worth between £23 billion and £76 billion annually, with up to 30 per cent of all internationally traded timber thought to be illegally sourced.

What Is Life? UT Researchers Are Building A Database To Describe It.

Their massive database of DNA “patterns” will eventually help scientists better identify life on other planets.

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.