Monthly Archives: November 2013

Next Generation Forensic DNA Instrumentation Solutions from Hamilton Robotics

Blue Helix2(PresseBox) (Martinsried, 28.11.2013) Within all areas of forensic science, there is an ongoing need for new strategies and techniques and the development of matching instrumentation.

Plumstead to pursue regional police DNA database

DNA dataPlumstead could become the lead municipality in an effort to create a regional DNA database in Central Bucks County.

New technology finds DNA linking former Iowa City man to wife’s death

DNA Helix1Iowa City police today charged a former Iowa City man with the 1997 murder of his wife. Iowa City officers, with the help of local police, arrested 73-year-old John Richard Bloomfield today on a warrant for first-degree murder at his home in St. Paul, Minnesota.

DNA Diagnostics Center – Forensics Proved Florida Man’s Innocence After Being Wrongfully Imprisoned for Nine Years

Scales of JusticeFAIRFIELD, Ohio, Nov. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — According to Hillsborough County Circuit Court, Case #02-CF-15542, and Florida Dept of Law Enforcement, Case # 20030300771, on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, the Florida State Attorney’s Office for the 13th Judicial Circuit dropped all charges against Cheydrick Britt related to a 2002 sexual battery charge based on new DNA test results conducted by the Forensics team at DNA Diagnostics Center (DDC) in Fairfield, Ohio, led by Dr. Julie Heinig, the Forensic Director and DNA Technical Leader. DDC is the world’s largest provider of private DNA tests in the country, and Mr. Britt-who spent over 9 years wrongfully convicted and incarcerated-is the 7th such case that DDC has proved an inmate’s innocence.

UW-Madison DNA center may help solve mystery of WWII soldier

Blue and white helixNov. 24–U.S. Army Pfc. Lawrence S. Gordon didn’t come home from World War II. And he wasn’t buried in an American cemetery.

Lawmakers balk at expanding DNA sampling of suspects

DNA SignIt may be constitutional but Utah lawmakers aren’t rushing to expand DNA collection from those suspected — but not convicted — of committing a crime.
The Legislature’s Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Interim Committee on Wednesday balked at giving its stamp of approval to a draft bill that would require collection of DNA swabs at the time of arrest from anyone booked on suspicion of a class A misdemeanor or felony.

Butte County hospitals to offer rapid DNA results for sexual assault survivors

Hall and VincentButte County is one of eight California counties that offers a new service that will process and analyze DNA evidence in sexual assault cases within 15 days, rather than taking months or years.
The program began Wednesday in the emergency departments of Enloe Medical Center in Chico, Oroville Hospital and Feather River Hospital in Paradise.

Ancient DNA Studies Open the Door to the Ancestral Past

MitoLast July, researchers reported that they had found a direct genetic link between the remains of Native Americans who lived thousands of years ago and their living descendants. Scientists used mitochondrial DNA to track three maternal lineages from ancient times to the present, comparing the complete mitochondrial genomes of four ancient and three living individuals from the north coast of British Columbia, Canada.
The findings not only will cause population experts to rethink ancient migrations into this area, but according to advocates for native populations, will solidify these groups’ claim to their ancestral homelands.

Double Nobel Prize winning biochemist Fred Sanger dies at 95

Fred SangerLONDON (Reuters) – Fred Sanger, a double Nobel Prize-winning British biochemist who pioneered research into the human genome, has died at the age of 95, the University of Cambridge said on Wednesday.

Federal court to hear pivotal DNA collection case as similar laws spread across country

DNA data…All 50 states and the federal government take samples of DNA from anyone convicted of a felony. But in recent years, many states have passed laws allowing police to take DNA samples at arrest – before a suspect is charged with a crime, much less found guilty – and enter them into state-level databases along with the national DNA database run by the FBI…

Interpol experts bound for Tacloban to identify storm victims

Tacloban CityEight forensic experts from the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) will fly to Tacloban City this weekend to help identify fatalities from Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), the world’s strongest storm to hit land this year.

Crime lab faces uncertain future without more funds

Crime lab FundingL AFAYETTE — The crime lab that analyzes DNA, blood, fingerprints and other evidence for Acadiana law enforcement agencies faces an uncertain future if more money cannot be found to shore up the lab’s budget.
“We don’t have the revenue to make it through 2015,” Acadiana Criminalistics Laboratory Director Kevin Ardoin said.

DNA testing bill clears Pa. House panel

DNA and justiceHARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A bill that would expand the authority of police in Pennsylvania to take DNA samples from many suspects before they are convicted of crimes won approval from a key legislative panel Tuesday.
The House Judiciary Committee approved it, 23-2, but only after making changes to reflect criticism that the proposed DNA sampling would be too broad and invasive.

Bensalem First to Pilot 90-Minute DNA Testing

DNA Strands2In the time it takes to watch the average movie, Bensalem Police can have the test results of DNA samples.

Ancient skeleton DNA ties Siberia to Native American origins

humerisThe DNA gleaned from two ancient Siberian skeletons is related to that of modern-day Native Americans and western Eurasians, new research suggests.
The genetic material from the ancient Siberians provides additional evidence that the ancestors of Native Americans made the arduous trek from Siberia across the Bering Strait into the Americas.