Daily Archives: March 2, 2011

Crime lab open for evidence in Woodlands

Ultimate Woodlands. com Texas
More than three months after its debut, a new regional crime lab in The Woodlands is already slashing response times and speeding disposition of criminal cases in Montgomery County, city and county law enforcement officials say.

Crime Scene Investigation not fuelling exoneration, new research shows

The Star Canada
For a decade, prosecutors and defence lawyers have speculated that fictional television shows featuring the use of forensic science to solve murders could be leading jurors to develop unreasonable expectations at real-life criminal trials.
It even has a name: the CSI effect.

Forensic experts detail tests helping cops win the war against gun crime

The Bermuda Sun
Evidence from Bermuda shootings is sent to labs across America to be examined for DNA, fingerprints and gunshot residue – vital for proving shooters and cohorts are guilty

Government to curb DNA database

ITN.com UK
Almost one million innocent people will have their names removed from the Government’s DNA database.

‘Most Wanted’ show focuses on Daytona serial killings


The Daytona News Journal
DAYTONA BEACH — The serial killer who left four women dead in his wake still eludes police, but new information has surfaced and investigators will be going in another direction in search of DNA evidence, Police Chief Mike Chitwood said.

DNA samples from Cornell students will help trace ancestry and migrations


Ithaca Journal
The line snaked through the hallway of Kennedy Hall on the campus of Cornell University. About 200 undergraduate students lined up outside Call Auditorium, down the hall to the vending machines, and back around again. Some used laptops while standing in line, while others read books, listened to iPods or ate dinner.
They were all waiting for one thing: to get their cheek swabbed for DNA to test their deep ancestries.

US Homeland Security to debut new portable DNA screener

Passenger Terminal Today
The Homeland Security Department this summer plans to begin testing a DNA analyser that’s small enough to be easily portable and fast enough to return results in less than an hour. The analyser, about the size of a laser printer, will initially be used to determine kinship among refugees and asylum seekers. It also could help establish whether foreigners giving children up for adoption are their parents or other relatives, and help combat child smuggling and human trafficking, according to Christopher Miles, biometrics programme manager in the DHS Office of Science and Technology.

China sends specialists to New Zealand to help identify bodies of quake victims


Xinhuanet China
BEIJING, March 2 — The Ministry of Public Security has dispatched a team of specialists to quake-hit New Zealand to help identify bodies of quake victims, the ministry said Wednesday.

Identifying the dead is exhausting process


WA Today New Zealand
POLICE know it is causing an agonising wait, but they are adamant the lengthy forensic process of matching remains of the dead to clues left by the missing has to be endured.