Thursday, September 13, 2012
Professor Manfred Kayser from the Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and his colleagues have identified five candidate genes associated with different facial shapes - known as PRDM16, PAX3, TP63, C5orf50, and COL17A1.
Thursday, September 06, 2012
During a press conference in Drachten, in Friesland, a Northern province of The Netherlands, the public prosecution's office announced that approximately 8,000 men have been asked to provide DNA samples to help solve the 1999 murder of Marianne Va ...
Saturday, August 25, 2012
On August 24th, in Fort Worth, Texas, David Lee Wiggins, walked out of the courthouse accompanied by his attorney Nina Morrison, from the Innocence Project, his brother Duane Wiggins and sister Candy Berg. Wiggins was convicted and sentenced to life ...
Friday, August 24, 2012
During a recent meeting in Philadelphia, Peter Neufeld, co-founder of the Innocence Project, an organization based in New York that investigates potential wrongful convictions, asked researchers at the American Chemical Society (ACS) to do more to im ...
Friday, August 24, 2012
A new forensic technique called Hirisplex will soon allow investigators to predict certain physical characteristics of suspects, like their hair and eye color, after analyzing traces of DNA that were left at the crime scene.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
The FBI announced plans to share the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) technology with law enforcement partners in Mauritius. The initiative demonstrates and reaffirms the FBI's commitment to assist international law enforcement agencies in combati ...
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Ohio Attorney General, Mike DeWine, hired four new Bureau of Criminal Identification Forensic Scientists to process DNA evidence from old rape kits.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
On May 21st, 2012, state prison officials released William James Grimes, 65 year old, on parole, after a panel concluded in April that it believes Grimes was not guilty of the October 24th, 1987, rape of an elderly woman in Hickory, N.C.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
On April 24th, Maryland's high court ruled that parts of a 2008 law allowing police officers to collect DNA samples at the time of arrest is unconstitutional.
Friday, March 30, 2012
In London, the Metropolitan Police rape-review team, which is comprised of eight detectives, have examined 4,500 unsolved sex attacks. From this effort, forensic scientists have been able to retrieve full DNA profiles of more than 100 suspected rapists.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
In August, 2012, New York State law enforcement will start collecting DNA samples from everyone convicted of a felony or penal misdemeanor.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
On March 13, 2012, in Albany, New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers put the finishing touches on a new legislation that will establish a "All-crimes DNA database."
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
The Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit within the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has received a federal grant of almost $500,000 to give higher priority to unsolved sex crimes and homicides.
Monday, March 12, 2012
In the early morning of March 11, 1970, the body of eighteen year old, Susan Margaret Long, was found in Aylsham, Norfolk, in the United Kingdom. She had been raped and strangled.
Saturday, March 10, 2012
On July 21, 2011, Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan, signed Public Act 127 of 2011, into law. Public Act 127 (2011), introduced as SB 346, requires all current prison inmates to provide a DNA sample by January 1, 2012 and all new inmates must provide ...
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
The Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault (GNESA) hosted a two-day meeting in Atlanta, about the importance of federal funding in reducing Georgia's backlog of unsolved cases, and the absolute need for the State to provide improved funding for its D ...
Friday, February 17, 2012
House Bill 2588, was a top legislative priority for Rep. Jeannie Darneille, a Tacoma Democratic representative and Pierce County prosecutor Mark Lindquist. Had HB 2588 passed on February 14th, 2012, it would have allowed the collection of DNA from m ...
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
In Ohio, Senate Bill 77 went into effect on July 1, 2011 which means that DNA can be collected upon a felony arrest. To date, 132 people have been arrested in connection to cold cases which include rapes, murders, robberies and burglaries.
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Lonnie Franklin Jr., 59, was arrested by law enforcement on July 7, 2010 at his home in South Los Angeles for the murder of 10 women. This was the first time a Familial DNA search caught a serial killer in the United States. Franklin's son had been ...
Sunday, October 23, 2011
The DNA Resource Center has announced a free Web Seminar on Familial DNA Searching on October 24, 2011, at 1:00 pm, ET.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
The Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) plans to expand the number of genetic markers used by CODIS to try and classify individual DNA profiles. However, five prominent members of the forensic science community have criticized the FBI DNA datab ...
Monday, October 17, 2011
In the African nation of Zambia, with a population of 13 million people, child rape is shocking. According to a 2006 study by the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) located in the country's capital of Lusaka, an average of eight rape case ...
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
John Wayne Gacy, was a serial killer who often worked as an amateur clown. He was convicted of murdering 33 young men and sentenced to death for 12 of these murders in March 1980. Twenty-six bodies were buried in a crawl space under his home. Four o ...
Tuesday, October 04, 2011
The poor handling of DNA evidence played a major role in the appeal of American student Amanda Knox and her boyfriend at the time, Raffaele Sollecito, and led to her release from a prison in Perugia, Italy after spending 4 years in prison.
Monday, October 03, 2011
Texas prosecutors agreed to release Michael Morton who spent nearly 25 years in prison after being convicted of beating his wife to death. DNA tests showed another man was responsible.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
In Columbus, Ohio, 70 year old Robert W. Meyer was ordered to be held on a $1 million bond for three counts of aggravated murder stemming for an unsolved 1975 cold case. In June 2011, DNA analysis from the crime scene linked Meyer's DNA to the death ...
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
The Government of Jamaica is finally closer to introducing DNA evidence as a tool in crime fighting.
Monday, September 12, 2011
The National Institute of Justice provided a federal grant of $272,000 that will help the Columbus Ohio police crime lab handle DNA testing more quickly and eliminate some of the backlog.
Monday, September 05, 2011
Human rights groups and scientists are concerned that DNA mix-ups may happen more often once the Prum Treaty is implemented in Europe in 2012. The Prum Treaty is a treaty that was signed on May 27th, 2005 in the town of Prum in Germany by Austria, B ...
Friday, September 02, 2011
It is possible to a listen to a new and informative radio program online called The Law Report, from Australia's ABC Radio National. This report discusses the latest information on Familial DNA testing and phenotype DNA testing with experts in the ...
Thursday, September 01, 2011
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) in Columbia has a backlog of about 4'500 cases in its forensics lab because the agency has lost 30 people to state budget cuts over the last three years. SLED's budget in 2008 was about $36 million ...
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
The Oakland County Sheriff's Office expects to begin processing DNA evidence in murder and rape cases within a year under an expansion of its crime lab. The Sheriff, Michael Bouchard, announced that the addition of DNA testing at his department's f ...
Friday, August 19, 2011
South Africa has the highest incidence of rape in the world and also the second-highest murder rate. For both of these crimes, DNA evidence is often found at the crime scene and/or on the victim or victims. However, with a population of a little more ...
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
On Monday August 8th, 2011, the Pleasanton Police Department in California announced that they had arrested Steven J. Carlson, 43, for the murder of 14 year old Tina Faelz. Tina was murdered 27 years ago.
Saturday, August 06, 2011
On Friday, August 5th, 2011, the DNA of the serial killer Ted Bundy was entered into the National DNA Database. Ted Bundy died in the electric chair in Florida in 1989. Recently, investigators found a blood vile from Bundy that was sitting in an old ...
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Paul B. Ferrara Ph.D. was the former Director of the Virginia Department of Forensic Science and helped pioneer the use of DNA fingerprinting as an essential crime-fighting tool in the U.S. Dr. Ferrara passed away on Monday, May 30, of complications ...
Friday, May 27, 2011
In 1998, John Cooper, a farm laborer was jailed at Swansea Crown Court in Wales, Great-Britain, for 16 years for 30 burglaries and a violent armed robbery. But even before Cooper stood trial for burglary, he was the prime suspect in two double murder ...
Thursday, May 26, 2011
In January 2003, a woman's body was found in a field in Tomball, near Houston, Texas. The sledgehammer used to kill her was found nearby. An autopsy determined that the woman had died of blunt force trauma and she was identified as Sandra Rochelle ...
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
On Aug. 30, 2010, Sonia Varaschin, age 42, was murdered in Orangeville, Ontario, Canada. Now, police are widening their hunt for her killer by using a mass DNA dragnet. The target group will include any and all male adults who knew Ms. Varaschin.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Mr. Geoff Wilson, the Health Minister of Australia, stated that the Bligh Government's $7.6 million expansion of the DNA lab has put Queensland at the forefront of emerging forensic technology. It is Australia's most advanced DNA testing laboratory.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
The United Kingdom Supreme Court ruled that the current DNA profiles that are indefinitely retained in the national DNA database, other than in "exceptional" circumstances, is unlawful. Law enforcement in the United Kingdom routinely collec ...
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Familial DNA searching technology is now being used in Colorado, California and Virginia, but the Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood and Florida State Attorney R.J. Larizza are trying to bring the crime-solving technology to Florida. In the DNA ...
Monday, May 09, 2011
Attorney General Kamala Harris has increased the budget to double the number of DNA Familial searches in rape, murder and cold case, and to reduce a DNA backlog. During a recent interview Harris stated that "California is on the cutting edge of ...
Wednesday, May 04, 2011
On April 13, 2011, a bi-partisan bill was introduced in Congress by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX). The bill known as the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Registry (SAFER) Act, would provide funding to reduce rape kits backlog n ...
Monday, May 02, 2011
On October 3, 1974, San Francisco resident James Berkeley Norris II, age 24, said good bye to his mother and left for a one week's vacation to Florida. James sent a postcard from a small town in Florida, Inglis, on October 4th. That was the last new ...
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Spain created its' DNA database in November 2007. The database has currently 183,000 DNA profiles, including 50,000 samples of unidentified people.
Saturday, April 09, 2011
Senate Bill 775, introduced by State Senator Dominic Pileggi (R-9th Dist.), to collect DNA from suspects at the time of their arrests in Pennsylvania is running into resistance from critics. These critics warn that the state's forensic lab is alread ...
Friday, April 08, 2011
On April 8, 2011, Attorney General Lisa Madigan applauded the House for passing House Bill 3238, by a vote of 99-9-2 and the legislation now moves on to the Senate. HB 3238 requires all registered sex offenders to provide a DNA specimen and calls fo ...
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
On April 5, 2011, Los Angeles detectives announced that they believe that serial killer Lonnie Franklin Jr., also known as the "Grim Sleeper", could be responsible for up to eight additional murders. They also said that the likelihood is st ...
Friday, March 25, 2011
Idaho is the only state in the United States that does not collect and catalog DNA samples from all convicted felons in the state's DNA database. Currently, Idaho's DNA collection program only includes samples from sexual or violent offenders. Thi ...
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
On March 21, 2011, Governor Bob McDonnell announced that Virginia was ready to use Familial DNA Searching in order to find perpetrators of unsolved homicides. This gave Dan Harrington some hope that the killer of his daughter Morgan might be found.
Monday, March 21, 2011
On Monday, March 21, 2011, Gov. Bob McDonnell announced that the Virginia Department of Forensic Science has the capability and is allowed to perform familial DNA searches. Familial DNA Searching has sometimes been perceived to be a controversial app ...
Friday, March 18, 2011
A Minnesota bill, introduced and written by State Representative Tony Cornish, HF 0981, would authorize but restrict familial searches to first- or second-degree murder, first- or second-degree criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping, missing persons, or ...
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
On March 16, 2011, the Senate in Georgia passed Senate Bill 80, which requires law enforcement to take saliva swabs and collect DNA samples from suspects arrested on felony charges. The bill's sponsor, Senator Joshua McKoon, drew some opposition bec ...
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
In Santa Cruz, California, law enforcement arrested Elvis Lorenzo Garcia, a 21 year old man, for an attack on a 24 year old Santa Cruz coffee shop employee in 2008. Garcia is being charged with robbery, sodomy, sexual penetration by force and false i ...
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
On March 9, 2011, State Rep. Frank Nicastro (D-Bristol, Forestville) and Rep. Ernest Hewett (D-New London) held a press conference which was followed by a Judiciary Committee Public Hearing in support of HB 6489, or "Katie's Law" an Act re ...
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
News Agencies have learned that the brother of the East Coast Rapist, Aaron Thomas, 39 years old, is serving time for murder in Maryland. Why is this important? It means that Maryland authorities had collected a sample of his DNA which may have led ...
Saturday, March 05, 2011
On March 4, 2011, New Haven police arrested 39-year-old Aaron Thomas and confirmed that he is the "East Coast Rapist" who has been terrorizing women with sexual assaults from Virginia to Rhode Island for over 13 years. Thomas was arrested f ...
Friday, February 25, 2011
On February 23, 2011, the Orange County District Attorney’s (OCDA) office filed charges against former Dana Hills High School student Walter Lawrence Dalie (52), in the 1978 cold case murder of Laguna Beach architect Brent Tobey.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
The Virginia Department of Forensic Science announced it has made its 7,000th hit to the state's DNA database.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
On February 24, Walter E. Ellis, age 50, of Milwaukee, was convicted of choking to death seven women during a 21-year killing spree from 1986 to 2007. He was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
As of February, 2011, the CODIS DNA lab in Seattle, Washington, announced that its DNA database has more than 194,000 DNA profiles.
Friday, February 18, 2011
When Bernard Jackson, 53 years old, was arrested last year in 2010, in Kansas City, he was already on house arrest after being paroled from prison for an attempted rape conviction from 1985. This time, Touch DNA, linked Jackson to two of five sexual ...
Saturday, February 12, 2011
DNA testing is being used to help abducted children reunite with their families in China. The Ministry of Public Security in China announced that the public can now dial 110, a new police hotline if they suspect children are being organized or force ...
Friday, February 11, 2011
The UK’s National DNA Database will no longer retain the DNA profiles of most people who are arrested but not convicted of their crime. Currently, the DNA Database retains the profiles of anyone arrested, irrespective of the legal outcome. The change ...
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
ABC Nightline recently reported on the serial killer Lonnie Franklin Jr., aka the Grim Sleeper. The LAPD recently released 180 pictures of women found at the residence of Franklin Jr., in South Los Angeles. The women in the pictures range in age fro ...
Friday, December 17, 2010
Los Angeles Police have released the photos of 160 women who may have been victims of Lonnie Franklin Jr. In July 2010, this serial killer was arrested in South Los Angeles and accused of murdering 10 women between 1985 and 2007.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
The FBI has announced that in September a DNA backlog from more than 295,000 federal prisoners has been eliminated. In addition, new offender samples that are currently being accepted by the laboratory are now being processed and uploaded into the Na ...
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Pasco County Sheriff's deputies in Florida arrested 46-year-old John Wayne Folds on December 14. Prosecutors charged Folds with the murder of Frank T. Kouny in a SeaTac motel in Seattle, Washington on February 15, 1983.
Thursday, December 09, 2010
Phoenix Police announced that cold case detectives matched DNA from a 1999 crime scene to the DNA of Clayton Roinuse, who was already serving a life sentence for a 2002 murder.
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
The Irish Office of Public Works announced the construction of a new Forensic Science Laboratory in Backweston which will house the new Irish DNA database scheduled to be launched in June 2011. The Forensic Evidence and DNA Database System Bill, intr ...
Monday, December 06, 2010
In Wisconsin, four detectives are spending a lot of time tracking down offenders who should have provided DNA samples for the state's DNA databank, but somehow never did. A series of audits starting in fall 2009, prompted by the missing DNA of an ac ...
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
The National DNA Data Bank (NDDB) of Canada has recently published their Annual Report 2009 -2010. According to the report, since January 1, 2008, the Convicted Offenders Index has increased by 54 percent, and the Crime Scene Index has increased by ...
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Seventeen years ago, on July 4, 1993, a woman was terrorized at a New Orleans intersection by a man who stopped her by firing a bullet through her car window and then drove her to two different locations where he raped her repeatedly.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
A drop of blood at a crime scene can provide a rough estimate of a person's age, helping forensic investigators to draw physical profiles of suspects and victims who leave few other traces behind.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Researchers at the Erasmus MC University in Rotterdam have invented a method to estimate the age of an unknown person from just one drop of blood originating from that person. The estimated age can be an important clue in tracking down the perpetrato ...
Monday, November 15, 2010
Today, the Virginia State Crime Commission listened to prosecutors, criminal experts and victims, like the father of murder victim Morgan Harrington, who are strong proponents of using Familial DNA Searching. If a law on Familial Searches is passed t ...
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
From January 1, 2010 to October 31, 2010, searches through the DNA Database maintained by the State Bureau of Investigation Lab (SBI) have resulted in 379 hits. "North Carolina’s investment in using DNA technology to fight crime continues to pa ...
Monday, November 01, 2010
Rockne Harmon JD, Frederick Bieber MD, and other proponents of familial DNA searching hope that the Grim Sleeper case will motivate more states to create a policy that gives investigators permission to implement this powerful technique
Friday, October 29, 2010
On July 10, 1974, 51 year-old Anita Andrews was murdered in Napa Valley, California. In 2009, a Napa Police investigator provided the California Department of Justice Crime Lab with biological evidence from this cold case. Lab technicians were able ...
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
In Springfield, Massachusetts local county officials from Hampden County are pushing lawmakers to expand the DNA Database system to include everyone's DNA convicted of any crime, not only the ones convicted of a felony.
Monday, October 25, 2010
For business and stores that are frequently targeted by thieves, a device that sprays an invisible DNA mist on the robbers that won't wash off for weeks will be a way to identify the criminals.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Mr. Alan Newton, 49, was released from prison in July 2006 having spent 20 years incarcerated for a crime he did not commit.
Friday, October 22, 2010
After 24 years, a rapist is caught through the West Virginia DNA Database.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
On October 18, Channel 9 News in Denver reported that DNA found on the body of murder victim Peggy Hettrick did not match the DNA of serial killer Scott Kimball.
Friday, October 15, 2010
On October 15th, the Virginia's Forensic Board asked lawmakers to consider implementing and funding familial DNA searching to help identify criminal suspects.
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
This Promega Publication focuses on "LCN DNA Analysis, Low Copy Number Typing and Familial Searching: Extending the Investigative Lead Potential of DNA Typing."
Thursday, September 30, 2010
The 21st International Symposium on Human Identification will be held October 11 - 14 in San Antonio, Texas.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
During INTERPOL's 6th International DNA User's Conference in Lyon, France, Tim Schellberg, president of the American based firm Gordon Thomas Honeywell Governmental Affairs (GTH-GA) announced the launch of the Forensic DNA World Map Project
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
The 6th INTERPOL International DNA Users' Conference for Investigative Officers took place at the Interpol headquarters in Lyon, France on September 22 to 24, 2010.
Friday, September 10, 2010
On September 2, 2010 the Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced that it made its 2000th hit in its DNA Database.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
An audit commissioned by state Attorney General Roy Cooper revealed that the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) withheld or distorted evidence in about 230 cases.
Friday, August 13, 2010
Virginia would like to use the familial DNA technique to help catch the "East Coast Rapist."
Saturday, July 31, 2010
On July 7th, 2010, , Los Angeles Police arrested Lonnie D. Franklin Jr., for the murder of at least 10 residents in South Los Angeles over the past 25 years.
Saturday, July 31, 2010
In light of the recent July 7th, 2010, arrest through a Familial Search of the Los Angeles Serial Killer, known as the Grim Sleeper, several articles have appeared about the ethical issues regarding Familial Searching.
Friday, July 16, 2010
North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue signed the DNA Database Act of 2010 into law on July 15th at the Greenville Police Department.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
On June 1, 2010, Gov. David Paterson announced, that he is introducing a bill that would require everyone convicted of a penal law crime to provide a DNA sample.
Monday, June 21, 2010
On June 16, California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr., released a forensic report that showed that DNA collected at arrest is solving cold cases by providing positive identification of suspects in violent crimes such as rape, murder and robbery.
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
Every year, 6,000 killers get away with murder in the US. Police fail to make an arrest in more than a third of all homicides and the majority of homicides now go unsolved at dozens of big-city police departments, according to a Scripps Howard News S ...
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
James Biela is currently on trial for her death and the sexual assault of two other college students in late 2007.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
In 2009, 27 House legislators sponsored House Bill 1403, which would have allowed law enforcement officers to collect a DNA sample from any person arrested on a felony charge.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
According to Dr. Manfred Kayser, head of the Forensic Molecular Biology department at Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, scientists just need a small amount of blood or saliva to be able to determine at what time this biological material was left a ...
Sunday, May 09, 2010
In Cleveland, Ohio, Raymond Towler, 52, was released from prison after 29 years when a judge vacated his conviction because DNA evidence proved he did not rape an 11 year old girl in 1981.
Monday, May 03, 2010
In South Carolina, a killer was identified through cutting-edge DNA techniques after blood soaked socks of the victim were found near the crime scene.
Monday, May 03, 2010
The republic of Kyrgyzstan wants to create a DNA database and put all criminals in it. However, the general director of the DNA technology company that plans to help set up the DNA database also mentioned that: "In future we plan to introduce a ...
Monday, May 03, 2010
Rhode Island just introduced two new bills to take samples from everyone arrested on a felony charge, without waiting for a conviction.
Monday, May 03, 2010
In Wisconsin, in 2003, a 13 year old girl was raped leaving a friend's house. A DNA profile was obtained of the rapist but no match was found in the DNA database.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
The FBI has established communications with various groups in order to enhance the National DNA Index System (NDIS).
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Twenty years ago, Keith Davison raped a 24-year-old waitress on the Isle of Wight in the UK. He thought he had got away with it, but a DNA sample taken from Davison's daughter led to his conviction.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
The Texas Tribune has discovered that the blood samples from newborns were being used by the Armed Forces Lab to help build a national and perhaps an international mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) registry.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
StarNews has reported that North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper wants to take DNA samples from felony arrestees.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
DNA taken from the son of a man accused of murdering a college student and raping two other women may be used as evidence to link the suspect to the crimes
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
According to a study, bacteria that live on a person's hands can help identify that individual. This has important implications for forensic science.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
A UK rape has been solved 23 years after it was committed thanks to DNA evidence.
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