Daily Archives: April 23, 2012

Forensic Magazine and DFI News Launch The Evidence Conference


Business Newswire
AMHERST, N.H., Apr 23, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Vicon Business Media, Inc., publisher of Forensic Magazine(R) ( http://www.forensicmag.com ) and DFI News Digital Forensic Investigator(R) ( http://www.dfinews.com ), announce today the launch of a new conference focused on evidence collection, handling, analysis, and chain of custody. The Evidence Conference will be a comprehensive 2-day event held on October 1-2, 2012 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center located in the heart of Washington, DC.

Cleveland police join cities nationwide testing old evidence from sexual-assault cases


Cleveland is sending off untested rape kits in batches of 25, starting with the oldest. Officials have promised to eventually test all kits, regardless of whether the cases will be prosecutable.

3 months on, 13/7 DNA samples lie untested

Times of India
MUMBAI: The anti-terrorism squad (ATS), which is probing the 13/7 serial blasts, had painstakingly collected some vital evidence from a flat in Habib Apartment in Byculla (W), where two suspected Pakistani bombers had stayed before and after the explosions. But three months after they sent the toothbrushes, towels, computer discs, hair and some clothes for DNA tests to the Kalina forensic science laboratory (FSL), the samples are still lying untested.

Forensic science used to determine who’s who in pre-Columbian Peru


Peru
Analysis of ancient mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) has been used to establish migration and population patterns for American indigenous cultures during the time before Christopher Columbus sailed to the Americas. New research published in BioMed Central’s open access journal BMC Genetics has used more detailed DNA analysis of individuals from Arequipa region to identify the family relationships and burial traditions of ancient Peru.

Robots to improve DNA testing


Australia
The New South Wales Government is turning to robots to ensure a DNA testing backlog that has dogged the Hunter’s court system does not blowout again.

IntegenX Acquires DNA Consumable Portfolio From GE Healthcare


PLEASANTON, Calif., Apr 23, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — IntegenX Inc., a privately held company that is a leader in the emerging field of rapid human DNA identification, today announced that it has acquired SV Corp, a wholly owned subsidiary of GE Healthcare Bio-Sciences. IntegenX will leverage SV Corp’s products and intellectual property assets to expand its consumables offering and to accelerate the commercialization of its RapidHIT(TM) 200 Human DNA Identification System. GE Healthcare Bio-Sciences is a subsidiary of GE Healthcare. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.