Monthly Archives: November 2011

Jefferson County Regional Crime Lab assist in Fannett investigation

Jefferson County Regional Crime Lab scientists are working closely with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office to investigate skeletal remains found in Fannett Friday morning.

Dealing with a DNA backlog


MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – On Wednesday night Newschannel 3 spotlighted three police investigations in West Michigan that have been slowed dramatically while detectives wait for lab work.
Unfortunately it’s a pervasive problem in Michigan and the biggest wrench in the works is DNA analysis.

The Future of DNA Analysis


…A more efficient method
Zenhausern’s device condenses an entire DNA-testing lab into a compact cartridge that’s slightly larger than a DVD case. “We integrated all of the processes onto a plastic cartridge that’s 8 inches by 8 inches,” Zenhausern said.

Jawbone Found in England is from the Earliest Known Modern Human in Northwestern Europe


Penn State Science
2 November 2011 — A piece of jawbone excavated from a prehistoric cave in England is the earliest evidence for modern humans in Europe, according to an international team of scientists.

NEC showcases technology solutions for law enforcement agencies


eGov Innovation
NEC Corporation has showcased its new technologies and solutions for law enforcement agencies, including the world’s first portable DNA analyzer, at the recently concluded 80th INTERPOL General Assembly in Hanoi, Vietnam.

New Details to Be Released in Grim Sleeper Murder Case


Police are expected Wednesday to release new information and photos linked to the ”Grim Sleeper,” the man charged with killing 10 women and dumping their bodies in the streets of south LA.

The Genographic Project Confirms Humans Migrated Out of Africa Through Arabia


WASHINGTON, Nov. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Evolutionary history shows that human populations likely originated in Africa, and the Genographic Project, the most extensive survey of human population genetic data to date, suggests where they went next.

Experts Report that Abbott’s New PLEX-ID Assay Offers Important Testing Capabilities for Biothreat Defense

MUNICH, Nov. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Abbott’s PLEX-ID system provides reliable and rapid results for key microbial biothreat agents and should be considered as a first line analytical tool for biodefense, biosecurity and microbial forensics programs, according to research presented at the 13th Medical Biodefense Conference in Munich.

RUSSIAN COURT FINES HOSPITAL $200,000 IN BABY SWAP SCANDAL

A court in the Chelyabinsk region ordered on Monday to pay three million rubles ($101,200) to two families each, whose children were accidentally switched at birth 12 years ago, RIA Novosti reported.

Policy implications for familial searching

7th Space
Author: Joyce KimDanny MammoMarni SiegelSara Katsanis
Credits/Source: Investigative Genetics 2011, 2:22
Familial searching pushes DNA typing beyond merely identifying individuals to detecting genetic relatedness, an application previously reserved for missing persons identifications and custody battles.

Forgotten lab kit revives rape case


Detroit News
A DNA sample found inside a rape kit, gathering dust inside a Detroit Police crime lab for more than 14 years, has led to multiple charges against a Detroit man.

Government defends closure of Forensic Science Service


BBC News
The government has defended its decision to close the Forensic Science Service (FSS), which analyses crime scene evidence in England and Wales.