Same-day forensics processing. Lab results take weeks to months, even for something as simple as verifying that suspected marijuana is, in fact, marijuana. The quick-flip DNA analysis is fantasy. Fingerprints can be done quicker in some cases, but not most other forensics.
…With the help of a 25 percent boost in staff and management changes that freed scientists to concentrate on science, the backlog of DNA cases dropped from 6,094 in January 2013 to 2,146 last month. The logjam of firearms cases, sitting at 1,400 at the beginning of last year, is now 300…
Minute traces of DNA evidence can now be tested, helping Hennepin County investigators solve two murders, uncover three serial rapists and obtain dozens of convictions.
WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday promoted President Barack Obama’s request for $35 million to help test more rape kits, saying it will help fight crime.
The money is included in the $3.9 trillion spending plan for the 2015 budget year that Obama unveiled this week. It would be used to provide grants of unspecified amounts to states and local governments, spending that would require approval from Congress.
Seattle, Wash. – Forensic scientists from around the world flocked here in mid-February for a professional association meeting that was as intriguing as a Sherlock Holmes mystery and as riveting as an episode of CSI – the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). I tagged along with my colleagues from the National Institute of Standards and Technology to help spread the word about what NIST does in forensic science.
PITTSBURGH –(Business Wire)– Mixtures of two or more people are the bane of forensic DNA laboratories. Hundreds of thousands of evidence items go unused because human analysts cannot interpret them. Cybergenetics TrueAllele Casework computer system can reliably preserve identification information in these cases, as described in a recent Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) article entitled “New York State TrueAllele® Casework Validation Study.”
GENEVA, – A senior UN official alleges that Francis Gurry, the Australian head of the world body’s intellectual property agency, engineered the theft of personal items from employees to extract DNA samples, and then covered it up by intimidation and by suppressing attempts to investigate it, according to a legal complaint filed recently at a UN tribunal in Geneva.
A Sedgwick County judge ruled Friday that defense lawyers will be allowed to send their own expert into a DNA lab to monitor the testing of biological evidence in a capital murder case.
The Allegheny County crime lab wants to create its own local DNA database to speed the analysis process, save money and increase the integrity of convictions.
Construction began this week on a state facility in Roanoke County that will more than double the amount of space available to the region’s forensic scientists and medical examiners.
The $40 million project will add to and renovate the Virginia Department of Forensic Science’s Western Laboratory, as well as the Western District Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, housed in the same building.
CHARLESTON, West Virginia — The West Virginia Senate has voted to increase State Police Forensic Laboratory employee salaries by 30 percent.
A skull found in a crab pot off the coast of Westport on Friday has been sent to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for DNA analysis, Grays Harbor County Undersheriff Dave Pimentel said Monday.
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Solving crimes in Baltimore City. WJZ goes inside the police department’s high-tech crime lab that helped crack a big case recently.
What used to be the old Marshall University football locker room now houses a high-tech, greatly esteemed forensic laboratory that performs forensic DNA testing for West Virginia and numerous other states throughout the country.
The Marshall University Forensic Science Center also conducts relationship testing and produces DNA profiles for all convicted offenders in the state of West Virginia, which goes into a database known as CODIS.
February 14, 2014 – The Biometrics Research Group, Inc. estimates that law enforcement spending on forensic DNA databases throughout North America will total approximately $750 million in 2015.