Category Archives: Forensic Industry News

Columbus, Ohio, Buying Software to Improve Crime DNA Analysis

columbus+crime+sceneThe Columbus City Council yesterday approved using $69,000 in federal grant money to purchase software that will better separate multiple sources of DNA found at crime scenes.

COPAN Group Announces the Untimely Death of Its Beloved CEO and General Manager, Daniele Triva

TrivaBRESCIA, Italy, Sept. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — COPAN Group announces with great sadness that, on July 30th, 2014, its beloved, charismatic and eclectic leader, Daniele Triva passed away at his home in Italy, after a seven-month battle with Esophageal Gastric cancer. Daniele was 54 years old and leaves behind his wife and four children, his sister and family and a legacy of technological innovation in the field of pre-analytics.

Feds aim to fund forensic science center

Blue Helix2A federal agency within the Commerce Department is looking to give $20 million to fund a new forensic science research center.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on Tuesday announced a competition for money to build the center, which will work on establishing “a firm scientific foundation” for key methods in the sciences.

Renowned UK DNA pioneer Peter Gill adds voice to Amanda Knox case

amanda-knoxDr. Peter Gill has taken on the task of analyzing the disputed DNA evidence in the Meredith Kercher murder case, providing his expert opinion in his new book titled “Misleading DNA evidence: reasons for miscarriages of justice.”

Bode Technology Sponsors Houston Forensic Science Center Event

dna_justiceThe Bode Technology Group, Inc. (Bode), a leading provider of forensic services that recently completed DNA testing for more than 5,000 untested sexual assault kits for the city of Houston, is co-sponsoring Houston Forensic Science Center’s event tonight. This presentation of the story of DNA from a legal and genetics perspective in Houston, featuring Dr. C. Thomas Caskey and Attorney Rusty Hardin highlights the first forensic DNA case tried in court in Texas and is being held in conjunction with National Forensic Science Week.

The 23rd Congress of the International Academy of Legal Medicine

ialmDubai-650x120-2The 23rd Congress of the International Academy of Legal Medicine is one of the most important Events in the calendar for those Professionals and Academics involved in the practice and development of the Bio-Medicolegal Sciences, the main Triennial Congress of the IALM to be held in Dubai from the 19th to the 21st of January, 2015.Supported by both the Government of Dubai and the Dubai Police, the Congress boasts a rich Scientific Programme with a broad range of topics of current interest, presented by prominent Experts in the field and accomplished in a spirit of collegiality and with an ethos which encourages transcultural dissemination of knowledge.
Register here.

The man who discovered DNA fingerprinting win’s the world’s oldest science prize

JeffreysLONDON: The man who discovered DNA fingerprinting has won the world’s oldest science prize — Royal Society’s Copley Medal.
In 1984, Prof Sir Alec Jeffreys stumbled on a method for distinguishing individuals based on their DNA. It was a discovery that went on to transform forensic science and resolve questions of identity and kinship.
He received the medal “for his pioneering work on variation and mutation in the human genome”.

Home Office rewards police innovation with £50 million

GATCAll forces in England and Wales benefit from Police Innovation Fund
Every police force in England and Wales will receive a share of a £50 million Home Office fund for projects aimed at transforming policing through innovation and collaboration.
The successful schemes include investment in body-worn camera, groundbreaking forensics techniques and joint working between the police and fire service.
Forces were awarded money for new approaches to tackle anti-social behaviour and rural crime; a project to help young runaways; and work to improve the way the police interact with people with mental health problems

York County DNA lab to help ease backlog of cases

CampbellYORK — No longer will police in York County have to wait several months to a year for a speck of saliva to match a burglary suspect or a blood stain to uncover the identity of a wanted killer.

York Co. Sheriff’s Office DNA lab earns inagural accreditation

York CoAfter three years, the York County Sheriff’s Office DNA Laboratory is now open.
The laboratory received from Forensic Quality Services that it has achieved accreditation under the global basis for laboratory accreditation in management and technical requirements.

New criminal forensics laboratory rapidly rising

Louisiana For Sci CenterFormer medical student housing on Linwood Avenue, opposite Forest Park Cemetery just south of Claiborne Avenue, was demolished several years ago and now is the site for a rising North Louisiana Forensic Science Center.

Two dozen DNA matches found in first 150 rape kits tested under new law

sexual assault kitsDENVER – One year after the implementation of a new law prompted by a CALL7 investigation, officials say they have already found DNA matches by analyzing previously-untested rape kits.
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation said Thursday it had received results back from testing its first batch of 150 rape kits — which represents less than 5 percent of all untested kits statewide — which were outsourced to four labs throughout the country. From those 150 kits, CBI was able to develop 60 DNA profiles and upload them into CODIS, a national DNA database used by law enforcement to identity offenders and help solve crimes.

From the Minister of State for Crime Prevention (Norman Baker) UK

dna12“I am today announcing arrangements for the appointment of the Forensic Science Regulator. Following an open competition adhering to the principles of the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments. I have decided to appoint Dr Gillian Tully. Her 3-year term of appointment will commence on 17 November 2014.”

Investigators blast Justice Dept.’s handling of FBI crime lab problems

Justice Building PlaqueWASHINGTON — Investigators on Wednesday sharply criticized the Justice Department’s handling of old FBI crime lab problems.In a sweeping, 138-page report, the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General cited “serious deficiencies” in the work of the task force assigned in 1996 to follow up on potentially troublesome crime lab cases. In some instances, the problems associated with 13 specific lab workers were a matter of life and death.

NIST Names Members of Forensic Science Resource Committees

fssbAn initiative to strengthen and bring uniformity to forensic science standards took another step forward today as the National Institute of Standards and Technology appointed 35 new members to the Organization for Scientific Area Committees (OSAC).