Monthly Archives: November 2011

Contractors selling faster way to run DNA tests

Washington Post
As DNA identification technology advances and becomes easier and quicker to use, contractors are finding sales opportunities at the Pentagon and other security agencies.

Massereene DNA tests by Dr Mark Perlin ‘can be trusted’


BBC News
DNA evidence against two men accused of murdering two soldiers in Antrim in 2009 is reliable and proven, a prosecution barrister has said.

NEC Australia enhances public safety through biometrics


NEC Australia showcases latest biometrics technologies at the 7th Biometrics Institute Technology Showcase & Exhibition in Canberra

Scotland’s DNA: In search of our roots

The Scotsman
Author and historian Alistair Moffat is leading a groundbreaking plan to test the DNA of thousands of Scots. The project, never attempted before, is launched today in The Scotsman as part of a series on the origins of our nation.

Real-World Forensic DNA Expert Lists “The Top 10 TV Crime Lab Myths”


SALT LAKE CITY – (BUSINESS WIRE) – The spate of popular television crime dramas where high-tech marvels of forensic science quickly solve mysteries have proven both a blessing and a curse for law enforcement, says Sorenson Forensics Executive Director Tim Kupferschmid, an internationally recognized scientist with 20 years of forensic DNA experience.

TrueAllele(R) DNA Mixture Interpretation Validation Study Published


Wall Street Journal Market Watch
PITTSBURGH, Nov 28, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — A peer-reviewed scientific paper entitled “Validating TrueAllele(R) DNA mixture interpretation” was published this month in the Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS). This JFS validation study established the reliability of Cybergenetics objective TrueAllele Casework technology for the computer analysis of DNA evidence.

DNA Evidence ID’s John Wayne Gacy Victim


ABC News
A boy who disappeared 35 years ago — when he was 19 years old — has finally been identified as a victim of notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy. Cook County, Ill., Sheriff Tom Dart told reporters that DNA testing had positively identified William “Bill” George Bundy as one of Gacy’s victims.

Essex Police praise DNA database after sex attack conviction


BBC News
The national DNA database proved “uniquely crucial” in an investigation that led to the conviction of a sex attacker in Essex.

David A. Silver Named as Marketing Director at DDC, One of the Largest DNA Testing Companies Worldwide


Fairfield Ohio
DNA Diagnostics Center (DDC), one of the largest DNA testing companies in the world, announced today the appointment of David A. Silver as Marketing Director, reporting directly to Peter Vitulli, DDC President and CEO.

Modern DNA testing answers questions about thousand- year-old bones


Courier-Journal
The two infants were buried together nearly a thousand years ago in a single grave found at what is now the Angel Mounds State Historic Site.

Texas Lab Holds Key to John Wayne Gacy Secrets


ABC News Texas
…Technicians at the University of North Texas Health Science Center are employing their sophisticated testing technology to provide critical clues. Forensic pathologist Dr. Arthur Eisenberg told WLS-TV, “It’s not so much that it was a high-profile serial killer, but the fact is these families have gone this long without knowing…”

Paternity cases: Courts given authority to order DNA tests


Malta
The local courts are being given the authority to order DNA tests in paternity cases, under new legislation currently before Parliament.

DNA solves ancient ‘twin’ mystery


UPI Science
INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 17 (UPI) — DNA testing has settled a 70-year debate over possible conjoined twins buried at an ancient site in southern Indiana, researchers say.

DNA solves 13-year-old cold case murder mystery

KSL Utah
SALT LAKE CITY — Science is changing the way police officers solve cases that have remained a mystery for several years, particularly in high profile murder cases where DNA evidence was hard to obtain.

Massereene trial: DNA analysis system ‘not used in UK’

BBC News
Defence lawyers have questioned the computer-based method used by a US DNA expert in the investigation into the murder of two soldiers in March 2009.