Australians working to identify MH17 victims

MH17The Hilversum military barracks are surrounded by Dutch forest. It’s a pretty place.
But inside a vast hall some 200 forensic experts from around the world are performing an ugly task. They are identifying the MH17 dead.

National DNA database

helix 7Tanzania- The state through the Government Chemist Laboratory Agency (GCLA) is putting in place a computerized national DNA database that will include citizens’ official documents to address a conflicting number of legal issues.

ISHI deadlines are right around the corner

ISHI ArizonaRegister before August 1st and save $100! Early registration will run through August 1st, with a rate of $645. After August 1st, the standard registration rate of $745 will apply. Students are able to register at a discounted rate of $545. Those interested in attending only the workshops do not need to pay the full registration rate, and can simply pay for the workshops attended.

Scientific posters will be presented during the dedicated poster sessions. Share your latest research with forensic scientists from around the world.
Deadline: August 1, 2014

Greenville lab solves 14-year-old cold case

justice and DNA2On Monday, July 21, the US Marshals Task Force arrested 33 year-old Adrian Lincoln, of Washington D.C. Lincoln had previously been convicted and served a sentence for armed robbery in Maryland. He was transported to the Pitt County Detention Center.

Government to invest $25 million in martyr DNA testing centers

Cemetery for martyrsVietNamNet Bridge – Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved a project worth more than VND500 billion ($25 million) to build two DNA testing centers to identify the remains of martyrs.

New DNA crime fighting tool in the District

ParaDNAWASHINGTON – The District of Columbia is about to become the first city in the nation to use a revolutionary new crime fighting tool. It is a lab device that can analyze DNA in just over an hour and gives investigators the answers they need in just a fraction of the time it takes now.

York County DNA lab to help ease backlog of cases

CampbellYORK — No longer will police in York County have to wait several months to a year for a speck of saliva to match a burglary suspect or a blood stain to uncover the identity of a wanted killer.

King Richard 3D image on display

King Richard 3DA replica of the skeleton of King Richard III (shown), created using 3D printing, has gone on display in a new visitor’s centre on the site where his remains were discovered in Leicester. The centre, opening on 26 July, tells the story of his rise to power, his death in battle and the discovery of his bones

Genographic Project DNA Results Reveal Details of Puerto Rican History

Puerto RicoLet’s go back 520 years ago to the year 1494 on the island of Vieques, off the southeast coast of Puerto Rico’s mainland.
Tainos, the largest indigenous Caribbean population, were living a life based on the cultivation of root crops and fishing when upon the shores arrived Columbus and his fleet, having crossed the Atlantic Ocean for the second time in as many years. At that point in time everything changed.
What’s written on paper has told us much about what happened next. What’s written in the DNA of today’s Puerto Ricans can tell us some more.

Natural Trap Cave reopened to scientists

Natural-Trap-Cave-reopened-to-scientistsCHEYENNE, Wyo., July 24 (UPI) –The entrance of Wyoming’s Natural Trap Cave is just 15 feet long and 12 feet wide, big enough to let in sunlight and a few scientists. But as visitors quickly find out, that bit of sunlight illuminates an expansive cavern beneath — 85 feet deep and 120 feet wide.

Ancient finds from Crossrail scheme

The finds are at the site of London’s 14th century Black Death burial ground in Charterhouse Square in the City of London.Crossrail project
The courtyard is believed to have led to a 15th century chapel or meat kitchen and has been unearthed by more than 90 local volunteers working alongside archaeologists.

Lax security, slipshod collection spark fear of evidence contamination at Ukraine crash site

commuter busHRABOVE, Ukraine – When international monitors and Malaysian aviation experts arrived Tuesday at the two main sites where the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 smashed into the undulating countryside of eastern Ukraine, there was almost no perimeter tape.

Wyoming cave with thousands of fossils to be re-opened to scientists for first time since 1970s

Natural Trap CaveCHEYENNE, Wyo. – For the first time in more than 30 years, paleontologists are about to revisit one of North America’s most remarkable troves of late Pleistocene fossils: The bones of tens of thousands of animals piled at least 30 feet deep at the bottom of a sinkhole-type cave.

DNA Evidence Exonerates D.C. Man Convicted Of Murder, Rape After FBI Error 30 Years Ago

justicescalesA D.C. man convicted of raping and murdering a woman in 1982 has been exonerated by the U.S. Attorney’s Office due to new DNA testing that proved his innocence.

Cleveland has cleared backlog of 3,985 untested rape kits

sexual assault kitsCLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland police have sent the last of 3,985 rape kits to the state crime lab for testing, clearing a backlog of untested sexual assault evidence stretching back to 1993.