A young woman whose body was found in Anaheim 31 years ago was identified this week with the help of volunteers using the same technique that identified the suspected Golden State Killer.
New Solicitation: Research and Development in Forensic Science for Criminal Justice Purposes, Fiscal Year 2019
With this solicitation, NIJ seeks proposals for basic or applied research and development projects. An NIJ forensic science research and development grant supports a discrete, specified, circumscribed project that will:
1. Increase the body of knowledge to guide and inform forensic science policy and practice, or
2. Lead to the production of useful material(s), device(s), system(s), or method(s) that have the potential for forensic application.
The intent of this program is to direct the findings of basic scientific research; foster research and development in broader scientific fields applicable to forensic science; and support ongoing forensic science research toward the development of highly-discriminating, accurate, reliable, cost-effective, and rapid methods for the identification, analysis, and interpretation of physical evidence for criminal justice purposes.
All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 11, 2019.
A tenet of elementary biology is that mitochondria — the cell’s powerhouses — and their DNA are inherited exclusively from mothers. A provocative study suggests that fathers also occasionally contribute.
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.
Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the state’s motion to review the Connecticut Supreme Court’s decision last May to vacate Michael Skakel’s conviction for the murder of Martha Moxley. As a result, the state faces a difficult choice — whether to try him again, knowing that, in view of the disappearance of some critical evidence, death of some key witnesses and discovery of some exculpatory evidence since his trial in 2002, there would be a low likelihood of a conviction, or accept dismissal of the charges against him.
The father of DNA says he still believes in a link between race, intelligence. His lab just stripped him of his titles.
Watson, who won the prize in 1962 for outlining the double-helix structure of DNA, wanted to offer penance for the comments that brought his reputation crashing down in 2007. That year, the scientist told Britain’s Sunday Times that he was “gloomy about the prospect of Africa” because he believed African intelligence was genetically lower than that of Europeans. Watson never lived the comments down, telling the Financial Times in 2014 that he believed the backlash had made him an “unperson.”
“The answer isn’t really so simple. The answer is not, ‘Hey, don’t get genetic testing, it’s going to make you worse.’ It’s, ‘Hey, be mindful that receiving genetic risk puts you in a mindset,’ and that mindset can have an impact on your body as well as how you feel and how you behave.
Given the new DNA evidence plus the weaknesses of the evidence used to convict Prudholm, the Bossier Parish District Attorney’s office and Prudholm agreeded to Alford plea, allowing him to maintain his innocence in exchange for immediate release.
Their massive database of DNA “patterns” will eventually help scientists better identify life on other planets.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire will implement a new system to keep track of evidence in sexual assault cases after finding that nearly 600 rape kits had not been submitted to the state crime lab.
In a statement on Tuesday, Hacienda said it welcomed the development in the ongoing police investigation. The company said that they themselves had consulted attorneys to determine whether it would be legal for them to compel employees to undergo DNA testing or whether they could conduct voluntary DNA testing of their employees.
“We were told it would be a violation of federal law in either instance,” the company said in a statement.
The 1975 murder conviction of Oscar Clifton will stand after new DNA evidence prompted a review of the case by the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office.
DNA from the murder scene was kept in storage over the years and it was recently uploaded to a public genealogy database and compared against submitted samples.
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Greed, debt and a gambling problem drove a Southern California man to kill his business partner’s family with a sledgehammer and bury their bodies in the desert, prosecutors said Monday.
LANCASTER, Pa. — A popular Pennsylvania DJ has pleaded guilty to raping and strangling a schoolteacher in 1992 after being identified as a suspect as a result of DNA a relative submitted to a genealogy database.