Category Archives: Database

Dutch Police Are DNA Testing 21,500 Men to Solve A 20-Year-Old Murder

In 1986, a technique called “DNA fingerprinting” was used for the first time in a criminal investigation, when a geneticist named Alec Jeffreys realised that when DNA was extracted from cells and attached to photographic film, it developed as a sequence of bars that could uniquely identify someone. His accidental discovery helped nail the suspect in the murder of 15-year-old Dawn Ashworth. Since then, for better and for worse, DNA has become gold-standard evidence that has led to thousands of convictions.

New Solicitation: Postconviction Testing of DNA Evidence

NIJ seeks proposals for funding to assist in defraying the costs associated with postconviction DNA testing in cases of violent felony offenses (as defined by State law) in which actual innocence might be demonstrated. Funds may be used to identify and review such postconviction cases and to locate and analyze associated biological evidence.
All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 26, 2018.
Review the Solicitation.

The search for Greece’s unburied war dead

Their remains lie where they fell during world war II. Some 8000 Greek soldiers buried in mass graves in Albania. They had been confronting Italian troops they had driven out of Greece between 1940-1941.

Cold case detectives hope to link local unsolved crimes to serial killer Ted Bundy

SEATTLE – More than 50 years after serial killer Ted Bundy began his murderous terror spree, local investigators are pushing to solve old crimes that could be connected to the serial killer while he lived in the Pacific Northwest.
KIRO 7 learned that Washington investigators are looking at evidence from two unsolved murders, using state-of-the-art technology.
However, there is one major hiccup — Ted Bundy’s DNA is not in the Washington state database.

India Has To Build A Dna Database: Tim Schellberg

India has not been focusing on collection, testing and comparing DNA for faster convictions, said Tim Schellberg, founder and President of Gordan Thomas Honeywell Governmental Affairs (Forensic DNA Law and Policy). He was speaking at the 24th All India Forensic Science Conference at Gujarat University on Sunday. A panel discussion on ‘Building DNA Casework in India to Strengthen Investigation in Sexual Assault Cases’ saw participation from lawyers, FSL officers, IPS and academicians.

Wisconsin rape kits testing yields new suspects in 11 cases

MADISON – Wisconsin’s four-year effort to address a mountain of untested evidence from old sexual assault cases is beginning to yield results: DNA from at least 20 cases has been matched with national offender databases.

Man who found woman’s body in 1988 arrested for murdering her

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -Police have arrested a man who found a woman’s body in the desert nearly 30 years ago, saying DNA evidence leads them to believe he is the one who killed her.

New DNA database at Rutgers-Camden to strengthen forensic science

Forensic DNA evidence is a valuable tool in criminal investigations to link a suspect to the scene of a crime, but the process to make that determination is not so simple since the genetic material found at a crime scene often comes from more than one person.

Georgia breaks 6,000 criminal offender DNA matches

The GBI manages Georgia’s CODIS database of convicted felons and felony probationers, which has 347,145 DNA profiles, of which 324,864 are offender and/or probationer profiles.

Could new national DNA database provide a break in one of Alberta’s most gruesome cold cases?

Septic Tank Sam lies in an unmarked grave in an Edmonton cemetery, his identity no less a mystery than when his tortured body was pulled from a rural septic tank on a spring day in 1977.
But 40 years after Sam met his grisly end, cold case investigators hope a new national DNA database will give fresh leads on who he was — and who killed him.
Set to launch in 2018, the RCMP’s national children and missing persons unidentified remains database will allow investigators to compare DNA from unidentified human remains to DNA from living relatives who offer a sample in hopes of finding answers about a missing loved one.

Maharashtra to create DNA database of offenders

A database stores DNA profiles of individuals and enables searching and comparing of DNA samples collected from the crime scene against stored profiles. A positive match can be used as key evidence in criminal investigations. The UK had the world’s first national DNA database, which in 2010 contained over 5 million people’s DNA profiles — mostly those who were suspects in investigations or convicted of crimes. In the US, the FBI has a combined DNA Index System (CODIS) database.

Huge DNA Databases Reveal the Recent Evolution of Humans

When we talk about human evolution, we usually talk about how we evolved into humans: how we lost body hair, gained brain mass, started to walk on two feet—in short, things that happened millions of years ago.
But evolution did not stop when the first modern humans emerged. A new study of two massive genetic databases—one in the United Kingdom and one in California—suggests genetic mutations that shorten lifespans have been weeded out since, and are possibly still in the process of being weeded out today.

Chinese map app leads parents, lost children to DNA collection points

BEIJING, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) — The Ministry of Public Security (MPS) and Internet giant Alibaba have jointly upgraded a mobile map application to show the locations of free DNA collection points for lost children and their parents.
More than 3,300 DNA collection points, most of which are in police stations, have been labeled and located on the map named AMAP, enabling parents and lost children to have their DNA information added to a nationwide database.

State says it will do DNA tests on 274 Green Bay rape kits; testing could begin next week

GREEN BAY – An email that appeared in a detective’s mailbox last week brought good news for the city’s sexual-assault victims — and the police who work on their behalf.
The missive brought news Green Bay police had been awaiting for weeks: They could finally send more than 200 rape-evidence kits to a Madison laboratory for testing.

China moves to expand DNA testing in Muslim region

BEIJING – China appears to be laying the groundwork for the mass collection of DNA samples from residents of a restive, largely Muslim region that’s been under a security crackdown, rights observers and independent experts said Tuesday.
Police in western China’s Xinjiang region confirmed to The Associated Press that they are in the process of purchasing at least $8.7 million in equipment to analyze DNA samples.