Category Archives: Forensic Industry News

Facial recognition helps reunite kidnapped toddler with family after 32 years

(CNN)A man who was abducted as a toddler 32 years ago was finally reunited with his biological family Monday, with the help of facial recognition technology.
Mao Yin was taken from his parents in 1988 when he was two years old while outside of a hotel in the Chinese city of Xi’an, in Shaanxi province. He was then sold to a childless couple in the neighboring Sichuan province, according to Chinese state-broadcaster CCTV.

Forensic Genomics launching fall 2020

New Rochelle, NY, May 13, 2020–Forensic Genomics, a dynamic new peer-reviewed journal, will launch its preview issue at the annual International Symposium on Human Identification (ISHI) in September 2020.
Forensic Genomics elucidates modern advances in genetic testing, genome sequencing, and analysis which are enabling investigators to break through previously impenetrable barriers in forensic testing and enable advances in live and cold case investigations.

Johnny Lee Gates Free 43 Years After He Claimed Innocence

Johnny Lee Gates’ 43 year saga in the criminal justice system is over.
Gates was convicted of killing a 19 year old woman in 1976 but claimed he was wrongfully convicted. His defense waged years of legal battles over evidence, racial prejudice and the defendant’s mental competency before the case reached a conclusion Friday afternoon.

The Justice Files: New DNA lab ready to help solve cold cases

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) – The logjam to solve cold cases just got a boost from a non-profit group.
Intermountain Forensics opened its doors this month and promises to deliver DNA testing faster and cheaper.

Two New Forensic DNA Standards Added to the OSAC Registry

National forensic science organization approves standards for interpreting DNA mixtures.

New program in Houston is training future forensic scientists and digitizing DNA evidence

Houston-area’s first-privately held forensic sequencing laboratory has partnered with The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center to create an academic program that will provide forensic training to genome scientists that will help them crack previously unsolved criminal cases.

Idaho State Police Forensic Services Recognized As One Of The Top-Performing Forensic Labs

(Meridian) The Idaho State Police Forensic Services Laboratory is one of 14 labs worldwide to receive a FORESIGHT Maximus Award, awarded earlier this week. The designation from the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD), uses standard business metrics to measure the efficiency level demonstrated by the laboratories. To be considered for the award, laboratories must demonstrate a minimum of 90% or better peak efficiency.

Convicted serial killer known as the ‘Grim Sleeper’ found dead in prison cell

(CNN)A convicted serial killer, who murdered and preyed on women in California over a span of three decades, died over the weekend at San Quentin State Prison.
Lonnie Franklin, known as the “Grim Sleeper,” was found unresponsive in his cell Saturday night, according to a statement from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Genealogy company MyHeritage donates 66,000 swabs to Israel

The shipment of swabs is expected to arrive in Israel Monday, said Gilad Japhet, CEO and founder of MyHeritage.

HSC Fort Worth to help identify missing and murdered American Indians

The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth (HSC) and Montana State University Billings are collaborating to use forensics to address a national epidemic of missing or murdered American Indians, HSC said in a news release.
Through the agreement, the HSC-based UNT Center for Human Identification and MSU Billings will establish forensic capabilities to use DNA to resolve missing person cases, solve crimes and help prevent human trafficking.

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State lab stays open over weekend, ramps up testing for COVID-19 coronavirus

With hundreds of coronavirus test specimens now coming in daily to UW-Madison’s Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, the lab stayed open over the weekend and has more than tripled its capacity.

Wisconsin Crime Labs use new DNA analysis program

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – Starting this year, Wisconsin State Crime Labs are using software that untangles the web of DNA left at a crime scene.

Scots forensics expert says defence lawyers should be able to see secret police DNA files

Scotland is the only country in the civilised world where lawyers are denied access to this key evidence.

Rapid DNA Test Quickly Identifies Victims of Mass Casualty Event

To quickly identify victims of the 2018 Camp Fire, the deadliest wildfire in California’s history, researchers used a technique called Rapid DNA Identification that can provide results within hours, compared with months to years required of conventional DNA analysis.