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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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