Category Archives: New ID Technologies

Coming Soon to a Police Station Near You: The DNA ‘Magic Box’

BENSALEM, Pa. — They call it the “magic box.” Its trick is speedy, nearly automated processing of DNA.
“It’s groundbreaking to have it in the police department,” said Detective Glenn Vandegrift of the Bensalem Police Department. “If we can do it, any department in the country can do it.”

Lab-on-a-chip helps search for human DNA at crime scenes

Thanks to the work carried out by University of Twente Ph.D. candidate Brigitte Bruijns, crime scenes can now be inspected on the spot for the presence of human DNA. In her Ph.D. thesis, she describes a lab-on-a-chip that rapidly indicates whether a trace discovered at a crime scene contains human DNA and, thus, whether it should be examined in the laboratory.

DNA results in two hours at a jail? Measure supported by Tulsa County would prepare for new tech

OKLAHOMA CITY — Pending legislation would allow jails to use a relatively new DNA testing method that can deliver results in under two hours, helping law enforcement solve crimes faster.

DNA processing carried out by DHS S&T for FBI, intel agencies

Comparing an unknown DNA genetic sequence against a known sequence may not create a one-to-one match,” but, “if sufficient human DNA is sequenced at specific marker locations, a DNA profile for the unknown sample could be generated and then used to identify a relationship to known DNA profiles,” including profiles of terrorists, especially terrorists who have been involved in biological and other weapons of mass destruction development or handling; terrorists involved in any sort of bomb-making, or foreign intelligence operatives who’ve left DNA during classified intelligence or covert military operations, according to sources familiar with how the Top Secret program is being used.

Strengthening forensics

Researchers are pushing the boundaries of infrared forensics with promising results for criminal and anti-terrorism investigators

DHS seeks reach-back tech for fielded rapid DNA systems; ICAM on-the-fly

To enhance its multimodal biometric collection for enhanced border security and the prevention of human trafficking and smuggling, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is looking for development of “an accredited DHS reach-back capability to review results from fielded rapid DNA systems using the Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM) DNA Store/Match/Share (SMS) capability” under a new Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program Solicitation by DHS’s Office of Procurement Operations on behalf of the Science & Technology Directorate (S&T) and the Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office.

Overcoming DNA Degradation in Forensic Science

Forensic samples that have been damaged or purposefully destroyed must be repaired for analysis and use in court. Several methods exist that can repair this damage.

DNA evidence crucial in two recently solved Sarasota cold cases

SARASOTA (WWSB) – On September 19th, 2018 came the news that Deborah Dalzell’s family has waited decades to hear.
“Today, more than 19 years after her death, the man responsible is behind bars,” Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight announced. “What led to his arrest is unlike anything you’ve heard in the state of Florida. It is something that continues to surface as law enforcement agencies and technology evolve.”

FBI plans ‘Rapid DNA’ network for quick database checks on arrestees

Though DNA has revolutionized modern crime fighting, the clues it may hold are not revealed quickly. Samples of saliva, or skin, or semen are sent to a crime lab by car (or mail), and then chemists get to work. Detectives are accustomed to waiting days or weeks, or longer, for the results. Some labs are so backed up, they take only the most serious crimes. Some samples are never tested.

He or She? Remains Tell the Whole Tooth

A team led by UC Davis researchers have come up with a new way to estimate the biological sex of human skeletal remains based on protein traces from teeth.

DNA evidence could soon tell cops your age, whether you smoke, and what you ate for breakfast

That was the case in a murder trial that Bruce McCord, a forensic chemist at Florida International University, served as an expert witness in. A woman was murdered shortly after she went through a divorce, and DNA from her ex-husband was found on her body. But it was hard to tell if the DNA was the result of innocent contact between the two, or if it was incriminating, and came from blood.

New Study: DNA Molecular Tagging is an Effective Tool to Authenticate Denim, One of the Toughest Fabrics

STONY BROOK, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Results of a new study published in the September/October 2018 issue of the AATCC Review confirmed that DNA molecular tagging is an effective tool to authenticate denim and maintains its integrity even after exposed to the rigors of bleaching and abrasion.

New Tools for Law Enforcement Being Created at Rutgers University–Camden

CAMDEN, N.J. -Crime scenes might yield DNA evidence to help reveal the identity of a criminal, but law enforcement investigators often are stymied in that determination because genetic material collected can come from more than one person.
A Rutgers University–Camden researcher is working to create new scientific approaches to forensics that may provide new crime-solving tools for law enforcement agencies.

New DNA test a ‘eureka moment’ in revealing who is behind a crime

Criminals who naturally shed more DNA than others could be linked to a crime scene with greater accuracy, following the advent of a new DNA test developed by Australian researchers.
The test, which involves the use of a binding dye, allows investigators to determine where DNA evidence has been left behind at a crime scene, potentially cutting the cost of expensive forensic laboratory testing and dramatically reducing the time it takes to identify a DNA profile.

Cassano case: Cigarette butt sealed deal

URBANA — A commercial genetic genealogy company that relies on science and public records, combined with old-fashioned detective work, led to the arrest Tuesday of a Mahomet man for one of the most horrendous Champaign County murders in modern history.