Daily Archives: March 20, 2012

Oahu lab hopeful DNA?can identify Civil War remains


HONOLULU (AP) – Scientists hope the 150th anniversary of the sinking of the ironclad USS Monitor during the Civil War will help identify two sets of remains at a Hawaii military lab.
The Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam has been working to identify the remains since they were recovered in 2002. The lab last year identified 69 service members missing from past wars.

Advanced DNA technology may help identify three Green River Killer victims

The remains of three victims of Green River killer Gary Ridgway may finally yield their identities
New DNA technology and testing have allowed Bode Technology of Lorton, Va., to extract DNA profiles of the remains, two of which were recovered in Auburn and Burien in the early 1980s.

2012 NIJ Conference Registration Open – NIJ Event Update

Registration for the 2012 conference is now open.
Keynote Speaker: Joan Petersilia, Ph.D., Professor of Law and Faculty Co-Director, Stanford Criminal Justice Center.

Were Some Neandertals Brown-Eyed Girls?


In museums around the world, reproductions of Neandertals sport striking blue or green eyes, pale skin, and gingery hair. Now new DNA analysis suggests that two of the most closely studied Neandertals—a pair of females from Croatia—were actually brown-eyed girls, with brunette tresses and tawny skin to match. The results could help shed new light on the evolution of the family that includes both modern humans and Neandertals, who died out some 30,000 years ago.