Monthly Archives: March 2012

Using DNA Technology to Identify the Missing


NIJ seeks proposals for funding to: (1) assist eligible entities in performing DNA analysis on unidentified human remains and/or reference samples to support the efforts of States and units of local government to identify missing persons, (2) enter the resulting DNA profiles into the FBI’s National DNA Index System using the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) version 7.0, and (3) enter any relevant case information related to unidentified remains into the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs), as deemed appropriate by the submitting agency (if a case is not entered a justification will be required).

NY to start ‘all crimes DNA’ collection in August


Wall Street Journal
ALBANY, N.Y. — New York is moving up to August the start for collecting DNA samples from everyone convicted of a felony or penal misdemeanor.

Afghans Share Unique Genetic Heritage, DNA Study By The Genographic Project


National Geographic
In a study released by The Genographic Project, DNA analysis shows that the majority of all known ethnic Afghans share a unique genetic heritage that can be traced back to a single common ancestral population.

Applied DNA Sciences’ smartDNA System Approved for Forensic Use by Swedish National Police Board


STONY BROOK, NY–(Marketwire -03/30/12)- Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. (OTC.BB: APDN.OB – News), a provider of DNA-based security solutions, announced that its botanical, smartDNA™ anti-theft system, successfully deployed by Stockholm county police in 2011, is now officially approved by the Swedish National Police Board to be used by law enforcement in all counties in Sweden beginning June 2012.

Trap set for 100 rapists as their DNA is found in case archives


The Independent UK
Forensic scientists have the full DNA profiles of more than 100 suspected rapists behind attacks in London going back more than two decades.

New lab to identify fallen IDF troops by DNA


Israel
The IDF is to set up a new lab meant to identify fallen soldiers by their DNA, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Wednesday.

Jailed Man ID’d in “Cold Case” Rape


California
During the past year and a half Detectives from the Napa Police and Sheriff’s Departments have been working together in a Cold Case Unit, funded by a grant from the National Institute of Justice; their focus has been applying recent advancement in DNA technology towards solving some of the 20+ unsolved homicides and a handful of unsolved rapes.

Former Senior FBI Official Louis E. Grever Joins IntegenX Board of Directors


PLEASANTON, Calif., Mar 28, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — IntegenX Inc., a privately held company that is leading the emerging field of rapid human DNA identification, today announced that Louis E. Grever, former Executive Assistant Director, Science and Technology Branch of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), has joined the company’s Board of Directors.

National DNA database ‘worth discussing’


Australia
A national DNA database should be discussed as heinous crimes go unsolved for decades, NSW Police Minister Michael Gallacher says.

Cold-case sexual crime team that snared David Bryant axed

BBC News
The cold case team responsible for finally bringing paedophile David Bryant to justice with 30-year-old DNA evidence has been disbanded.

Missouri senator seeks changes in DNA collection laws

Kansas City Star
JEFFERSON CITY — A measure moving through the Missouri Senate could change who would be required to give DNA samples to the police, and when the police would be required to throw those samples away.

Did Europeans move to Africa to weather out ice ages?


Mail Online UK
People moved between Africa and Europe long before recorded history – and the migrations might have been driven by Europeans moving south to ‘weather’ ice ages.

State Crime Lab In Missoula Plays Important Role In Arnold Case

MISSOULA, Mont. — The Montana State Crime Lab in Missoula has identified the body of Sherry Arnold, the Sidney school teacher, missing since January.

Solving Cold Cases With DNA


NIJ seeks proposals from States and units of local government for funding to identify, review, and investigate “violent crime cold cases” that have the potential to be solved using DNA analysis, and to locate and analyze the biological evidence associated with these cases.

Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program

NIJ seeks proposals for the Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program, which awards grants to States and units of local government to help improve the quality and timeliness of forensic science and medical examiner services.