Category Archives: Forensic Industry News

Father of DNA fingerprints Prof Lalji Singh passes away

VARANASI: DNA Scientist and former BHU VC Prof Lalji Singh passed away on Sunday. He was 70. He held the position of BHU VC from August 22, 2011 to August 22, 2014. He is considered to be father of DNA fingerprints, who worked in the area of molecular basis of sex determination, wildlife conservation, forensics and evolution and migration of humans.

ICMP decides to move the DNA laboratory from Sarajevo to The Hague

As political issues took the leading place in the news, another problem which makes life in BiH more complicated for citizens who are still trying to find the remains of their relatives, who they lost during the war in BiH, remained in the dark. The International Commission for Missing Persons (ICMP) was assigned to do the job but, recently, they moved the DNA laboratory from Sarajevo to The Hague, despite the disagreement of local institutions.

Iggbo and DNA Diagnostics Center Announce Partnership to Make DNA Testing More Convenient and Efficient

RICHMOND, Va., Dec. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Iggbo, a modern care coordination platform, and DNA Diagnostics Center® (DDC®), one of the world’s largest private DNA testing companies, have announced a strategic partnership to empower consumers with valuable information contained in their own DNA. Since 1995, DDC has handled over 10 million DNA samples from 168 countries, offering tests for paternity, immigration, and other family relationships; ancestry; health and beauty; forensics, and genetic traits of animals. Leveraging Iggbo’s technology, DDC can now digitally dispatch specimen collection specialists to a patient’s home, a physician’s office, or to Iggbo’s network of care locations around the country.

Scientists identify remains of 88 Argentine soldiers on Falklands

BUENOS AIRES – Forensic scientists have identified the remains of 88 Argentine soldiers buried in anonymous graves on the Falkland Islands after the country’s 1982 conflict with Britain, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Friday.

Sleuthing That Worked: How Police Finding Cat Hairs Solved This Mail Bomb Case

With all the crime shows on television showing investigators painstakingly combing through evidence, matching DNA, and uncovering unexpected clues in surprising places, it’s no wonder that jurors expect the same kind of proof at real-life trials.

Austin Police Department hires new forensic lab director

AUSTIN – The Austin Police Department’s forensic division now has a new director.
According to an internal email obtained by KVUE, Dr. Dana Kadavy starts work next week. She was previously the director at Signature Science here in Austin.

Wrongly convicted man shares holiday with detective who sought release

Craig Coley has missed a lot of Thanksgiving meals, but he won’t forget carving the turkey this year.
Coley, 70, spent the past 38 years in prison for a double murder he didn’t commit, but this year he was able to eat Thanksgiving dinner with the retired detective who spent nearly three decades attempting to prove his innocence.

How police solved ‘legless body in suitcase’ murder

SINGAPORE – When a legless body wrapped in black trash bags turned up in a suitcase in Syed Alwi Road in 2014, forensics officers worked through the night to examine the evidence.
“We had to transport the bags back to our office very carefully,” said senior crime scene specialist Geraldine Ng, 30. “Any print that we found on the trash bags could give us an idea as to who was possibly the person who wrapped the body,” she added.

$75 million crime lab plan in Wauwatosa moving forward

The state of Wisconsin and Wangard Partners are moving forward with a new Southeast Wisconsin Law Enforcement Facility at a former beer distribution warehouse in Wauwatosa.
The development team has submitted a conditional use application for the $75 million crime lab project, which includes a three-story, 150,000-square-foot facility.
The new “state of the art” building, at 1400 N. 113th St., will house a forensic science laboratory, replacing the Milwaukee Crime Lab at 1578 S. 11th St., and a regional training center.

His Body Unearthed, Legend of Mass Murderer H.H. Holmes Persists

The mystery surrounding who wore that suit into the grave has remained as resilient with the passage of time — and despite the overwhelming evidence those Penn scientists have gathered in the last few months.

DNA lab for identifying missing persons opens in The Hague

THE HAGUE, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) — The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) on Tuesday opened a state-of-the-art DNA laboratory at its new headquarters in The Hague.
The laboratory system focuses exclusively on missing persons identification and utilizes Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), a technique that is expected to deliver an exponential increase in the power of DNA identification, according to ICMP, a treaty-based international organization with a mandate to secure the cooperation of governments and others in locating and identifying missing persons.

Virginia faces DNA, drug testing backlog

RICHMOND, Va. — A significant backlog of evidence in Virginia’s state labs goes beyond rape kits, and includes smartphones, seized drugs and attempts to link guns used in one crime to other cases, the Department of Forensic Science director told a state senate committee Thursday.
As of Oct. 1, the department has a backlog of 2,158 DNA tests, including rape kits that are taking an average of 152 days to complete, 113 outstanding requests to extract digital and multimedia evidence that each take more than a year on average to complete, and a backlog of thousands of seized drugs and guns to be tested.

Case dropped against man tried 32 years ago

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Prosecutors dismissed charges Wednesday against a man who spent three decades in prison for a rape conviction based in part on one strand of hair.

Lagos DNA lab: A welcome initiative

THE Lagos State Government, penultimate week, commissioned its DNA (Deoxyribo Nucleic Acid) forensic laboratory. It is the first state-owned DNA laboratory in the country. Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had, last year, approved the DNA laboratory project as part of the criminal justice sector reforms designed to solve crimes through technology.

Eurofins to reinforce its Forensic services portfolio and footprint with the acquisition of LGC Forensics

Eurofins Scientific (EUFI.PA), a European leader in Forensic DNA and Toxicology testing in France, Germany and Belgium, announces that it has signed an agreement to acquire the Forensics and Security division of LGC (“LGC Forensics”), the largest player in the UK forensics market, a European pioneer in this field and a significant forensic DNA testing provider in Germany, from LGC Group. The transaction is expected to close in the coming weeks, upon fulfillment of customary closing conditions.