Daily Archives: June 6, 2011

9/11 families group pushes to stop remains’ storage at zero

CNN USA
New York (CNN) — Some family members of people killed in the September 11, 2001, terror attacks announced Thursday that they have requested the names and addresses of other survivors as part of an effort to stop the city from placing unidentified remains in a repository in a museum under construction at ground zero.

Symposium on Human Identification Seeks Presenters


The 22nd International Symposium on Human Identification is soliciting abstracts for presentation at its upcoming meeting. Oral abstracts will be sent to an independent international committee of forensic experts for review and selection. Special consideration will be given to talks which focus on new technologies for DNA typing, including novel approaches for improving laboratory efficiency,
The symposium is scheduled from October 3-6, 2011 at the Gaylord National Resort, outside of Washington DC. Oral abstracts selected by the committee will be presented during the symposium general session. Interesting case presentations are also being solicited for the conference. An ever popular feature of the meeting, past cases presented have featured serial rapists and murderers, unusual crime scenes and suspects as well as the occasional bizarre turn of events.
Abstracts and cases not selected for oral presentation will be considered for poster presentation during the Exhibit/ Poster sessions at the conference. More than 100 scientific posters are expected to be presented with authors from around the globe.
Authors submitting abstracts for oral, interesting case and poster presentation will be entered into a drawing for an original courtroom drawing of the DC Sniper Trial by Betty Wells. The winning entry will be selected after August 1.
For more information on the 22nd ISHI and the abstract submission procedure, visit http://www.ishinews.com

Will ‘hobbit’ tooth yield ancient DNA?


MSNBC Cosmic Log
Scientists are gearing up to use a new drilling technique to extract ancient DNA from an 18,000-year-old tooth that belonged to a “hobbit,” the mysterious, diminutive creatures that once lived on the Indonesian island of Flores.