Making the world ‘a better and safer place’

Bode Lab Photos -smA California resident was declared a free man after DNA testing by private forensics experts at Bode Technology proved that he had been wrongly convicted of sexual assault. Bode received the victim’s clothing for DNA testing from the California Innocence Project, a nonprofit legal clinic. The DNA profile matched another man who resembled the accused and lived near the crime scene.

COPAN Group Announces the Untimely Death of Its Beloved CEO and General Manager, Daniele Triva

TrivaBRESCIA, Italy, Sept. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — COPAN Group announces with great sadness that, on July 30th, 2014, its beloved, charismatic and eclectic leader, Daniele Triva passed away at his home in Italy, after a seven-month battle with Esophageal Gastric cancer. Daniele was 54 years old and leaves behind his wife and four children, his sister and family and a legacy of technological innovation in the field of pre-analytics.

This girl was born from three biological parents

alanaAlana Saarinen is one of just a handful of people in the world who have DNA from three people, thanks to a new infertility treatment that could soon be available in the UK.

US Advances in Identifying Korean War Vets’ Remains

Joint POW MIA Command membersWASHINGTON— The process of identifying American remains from the Korean War has picked up speed. Out of the 208 boxes of U.S. remains that Pyongyang handed over to Washington in the early 1990s, a total of 49 were identified in the last three years.

National DNA database helps crack cold cases

Helix3For more than a decade after he broke into a Toledo home, raped and hogtied a woman who’d been asleep in her bed, Aaron Lamont Beamon got away with the violent crime.
It would take time and the nation’s massive database of DNA samples to catch up with Beamon.
Now 39, he is to be sentenced Sept. 9 in Lucas County Common Pleas Court after pleading guilty in June to rape, kidnapping, burglary, and robbery in connection with the Oct. 15, 2001, attack on the 21-year-old victim.

DNA evidence could exonerate two in North Carolina death row case

Helix4Two North Carolina men who have been behind bars for 30 years, one of them on death row, will go before a judge on Tuesday morning to present new DNA evidence of their innocence of the murder and rape for which they were convicted as teenagers in 1984.

Crime lab backlog held up DNA evidence on Evans’ gun

EvansCook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said Thursday that a backlog at the Illinois State Police crime lab was responsible for a nearly one-year delay in processing key DNA evidence that has led to charges against a Chicago Police commander for allegedly putting a gun in a suspect’s mouth.

23-Year-Old Utah Murder Solved With Help of DNA, LEGO Bricks

legosInvestigators have Utah cracked the 23-year-old killing of an elderly woman — with the help of DNA and LEGO toys, police said Thursday.

Ancient DNA Sheds New Light on Arctic’s Earliest People

Inuit IndiansThe earliest people in the North American Arctic remained isolated from later arrivals to the region for millennia before vanishing more than 700 years ago, a new genetic analysis shows. The study, published online Thursday, also reveals that today’s Inuit and Native Americans of the Arctic are genetically distinct from the region’s first settlers.

Experts identifying Flight 17 victims find DNA samples from 283 people, 173 positive IDs

MH17 DebrisTHE HAGUE, Netherlands — Experts working to identify the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 have gathered DNA samples from 283 people and have positively identified 173.

Governor Quinn Opens State-of-the-Art Police Forensic Laboratory in Belleville

blue helix2BELLEVILLE – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by state and local officials to open a new State Police Metro-East Forensic Science Laboratory in Belleville. The facility will provide the Illinois State Police (ISP) and police agencies throughout the region with enhanced crime-solving abilities. The event is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure the safety of all people in every community across Illinois.

Learn from the experts at ISHI 25

ISHI ArizonaExplore timely issues in forensic DNA during workshops at this year’s ISHI.
Topics to be explored include:
• Ancestry and genealogy testing
• Interpretation of complex DNA mixtures
• Advances in next-generation sequencing
• New probabilistic software; what it is and how it works
• Complex relationship statistics
• Incorporating new autosomal and Y loci in the lab
• Working with biological evidence
See the complete workshop listing and view the general session symposium agenda at : www.ishinews.com

The Kennewick Man Finally Freed to Share His Secrets

kennewick manHe’s the most important human skeleton ever found in North America—and here, for the first time, is his story

California Lawmakers Approve Bill Requiring Timely Reports of Evidence For Unanalyzed Rape Kits

sexual assault kits(Reuters) – Amid ongoing efforts to address a backlog of unanalyzed rape kits that go untested throughout the country, California lawmakers passed a bill on Friday requiring law enforcement to process the evidence within a certain time frame.
The bill next goes for a procedural approval in the state Assembly next week before heading to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for his signature. Brown vetoed a pilot program in 2011 that would have required certain counties to process their backlogged rape kits.

Washington Supreme Court Sets Standard For Post-Conviction DNA Testing

Wash Supreme CourtWashington’s Supreme Court may have just made it easier for prison inmates to try to get their convictions overturned through DNA testing. In a 6-to-3 ruling Thursday, the high court said inmates don’t have to show they’re likely innocent in order to win a post-conviction DNA test.