Daily Archives: September 2, 2010

Kids swap DNA for fairground rides


Nature.com
If attendees at the Minnesota State Fair aren’t too busy revelling in the performances of Kiss or “Weird Al” Yankovic, or enjoying a celebrity cow-milking contest, they might just try spitting for science.

This week, researchers from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis are collecting DNA from young fair-goers and their parents as part of an effort to uncover genetic influences on normal child health and development.

Defense attorney wants DNA evidence excluded from carjack slaying trial


The Detroit News

Mount Clemens — An attorney for one of the defendants in the abduction and murder of a Chesterfield Township man said today he will seek to exclude newly found DNA evidence that linked a bullet fragment to the victim.

Joe Kosmala, who represents defendant Ihab Maslamani, said he will seek a delay in his client’s trial, set to begin next week.

Circuit Judge Diane Druzinski set a motion hearing in the case against Maslamani, 18, of Flint, for 11 a.m. Tuesday. His trial is scheduled to begin Wednesday.

DNA analyst testifies in day care center rape trial


Tampa Bay Online
TAMPA – One in 320,000,000,000,000,000.

That’s 320 quadrillion.

Those are the odds that DNA found on a 62-year-old rape victim came from anyone other than Kendrick Morris, a state analyst testified today.

Erika Smith, of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, said the DNA samples taken from the day care worker were a perfect match to those taken from Morris.

Six announces plans to end state’s DNA backlog


McPherson Sentinal.com Kansas
Topeka, Kan. — TOPEKA — Kansas Attorney General Steve Six said Wednesday that a backlog in processing DNA samples through the Kansas Bureau of Investigation has been subsided.
During a press conference Wednesday, Six said that the backlog has been reduced by 70 percent and will be eliminated entirely by February 2011.