Category Archives: New ID Technologies

Nutrisystem, Inc. Launches Groundbreaking DNA Body Blueprint™ Nationwide

FORT WASHINGTON, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nutrisystem, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTRI), a leading provider of health and wellness and weight management products and services including Nutrisystem® and South Beach Diet® brands, today announced the launch of DNA Body Blueprint™, a genetic-based product using a proprietary algorithm that provides an integrated personal action plan focused on eating behaviors, nutrition and metabolism. The national marketing campaign will debut this week.

Using DNA and ancestry sites to solve crimes: Good police work or invasion of privacy?

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – More than 25 years after Lancaster County elementary teacher Christy Mirack was brutally killed, an arrest has been made using DNA evidence and a genealogy site.
The same technology led to an arrest in a 30-year-old double murder case in Seattle and also helped police identify a suspect in the Golden State Killer cases.

We’ve discovered a way to recover DNA from fingerprints without destroying them

Fingerprints hold a lot more information than you might realise. They don’t just provide a pattern with which to identify people. They can also contain DNA. And as neither DNA nor fingerprints are infallible ways of working out who was at a location, combining both pieces of evidence could be vital for investigators.

Modern forensics lead Brazos County authorities to executed murderer as likely killer of Virginia Freeman

“The solving of this cold case, after 37 years of investigating, brings relief and closure for the Freeman family, Virginia’s friends, the local real estate industry and our community,” Kirk said Monday.

Using bloodstains at crime scenes to determine age of a suspect or victim

A technique called Raman spectroscopy provides information about the chemical composition and molecular structure of material. Thus, Igor Lednev and colleagues wanted to see whether they could use this method to analyze blood components to determine the ages of victims and suspects.

Judge tosses out some DNA evidence allegedly tied to death of student from Portland

AUSTIN — A judge has tossed out some DNA evidence that prosecutors planned to present at the trial for the man charged with with killing a University of Texas student on campus in 2016, KVUE’s news partners at the Austin American-Statesman report.
Meechaiel Criner appeared in court Monday and Tuesday where a discussion regarding the DNA collection software used during the investigation unfolded.

Attorney for UT murder suspect challenges new DPS DNA analysis

AUSTIN (KXAN) — During a pre-trial hearing for Meechaiel Criner, who is charged with the capital murder of UT student Haruka Weiser, the discussion turned to a debate over a new DNA testing method used in this case and whether the results should be permitted as evidence.

Stunning DNA breakthrough could help crack cold cases

Researchers in South Australia are developing a new weapon to crack the most difficult police investigations.
They’ve created a DNA detection device that can pick up even the most minute traces of physical evidence, months after a crime.

FBI Approves ANDE Rapid DNA ID System

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – ANDE announced today that it is the first firm to receive approval from the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a rapid DNA identification platform that complies with new standards under the Rapid DNA Act of 2017.
The new FBI approval is for the ANDE 6C system — a two-hour test that uses a cheek swab sample and the firm’s FlexPlex chemistry, a consumable chip, and a ruggedized instrument. The approval allows accredited laboratories to process DNA samples using the ANDE system and search the results against the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System program, without manual interpretation or technical review.

Another DNA-Cold Case Stunner: Arrest of Washington state man in 1987 double murder case involving young couple from Canada

(EVERETT, WA.) – It was just a little over a month ago on April 11th that detectives from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office and the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office held a joint news conference .
The purpose was to unveil some amazing sketches of a suspect, based on the man’s DNA profile, in the unsolved violent murders of a young Canadian couple in our state thirty-one years ago, back in November 1987.

New tool predicts eye, hair and skin color from a DNA sample of an unidentified individual

INDIANAPOLIS – An international team, led by scientists from the School of Science at IUPUI and Erasmus MC University Medical Center Rotterdam in the Netherlands, has developed a novel tool to accurately predict eye, hair and skin color from human biological material — even a small DNA sample — left, for example, at a crime scene or obtained from archeological remains. This all-in-one pigmentation profile tool provides a physical description of the person in a way that has not previously been possible by generating all three pigment traits together using a freely available webtool.

Washington State Deploys STACS DNA’s Track-Kit Sexual Assault Kit Tracking System

“We are thrilled to be rolling-out Track-Kit in the state of Washington, which is leading the way in tracking SAKs,” said Jocelyn Tremblay, President and COO, STACS DNA. “For the past four years, we’ve been working with state agencies and sexual assault task forces across the United States so that we would be prepared with a complete, off-the-shelf, turnkey system that will be deployed quickly and be easy for everyone to use.”

Local detectives look to new DNA technology to solve

SEATTLE – Washington investigators are turning to DNA technology to find new leads in unsolved murder cases.
At the annual meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in Seattle last week, developers from all over the nation showed off tools that promise to cut down the time it takes to solve a crime.

Army Deploys Biometrics System to Iraq

Army researchers are providing a system to forces in Iraq that provides contact-free fingerprint, facial recognition and iris detection capabilities. The system has been deployed to an undisclosed location as part of a joint urgent operational need and will be assessed for about 30 days to determine if it might be used elsewhere.

Courting Change: a Fresh Take on DNA Profiling

Y chromosome profiling, important in sexual assault cases, can often be presented incorrectly in court. New math could help by taking the ambiguity out of the equation.