Mass Grave With 200 Skeletons Found Under Supermarket In Central Paris

Mass Graves ParisArchaeologists have made a strange and rather gruesome discovery under a supermarket in central Paris: an ancient mass grave containing the skeletal remains of more than 200 people.

State has DNA databases from cradle to jail

ScientistIn 2015, genes have many uses.
Soon after every baby in California is born, a hospital worker extracts and logs its genetic information. It will be tested for diseases and then stashed permanently in a warehouse containing a generation of Californians’ DNA.
For those charged with a felony – or, potentially, just arrested – a sliver of genetic code will be taken and placed in a state database that has grown rapidly in the last decade.

Australian scientists use ancient DNA to trace origins of languages

ancient skeletonAustralian scientists have slipped another piece into the puzzle about human language development and it suggests that nearly half the world’s population may be more closely related than we think.
Analysis of ancient DNA has shed light on migration patterns, helping researchers trace the origins of some of the most widely spoken languages in the world.

Time delays for processing rape evidence are not a problem in Pennsylvania, district attorneys say

Crimescene DNA TestsAs of Feb. 20, the Pennsylvania State Police’s Bureau of Forensic Services had evidence from 323 sexual assault and rape cases that were awaiting testing in its five regional labs. That is a far cry from the kind of backlogs reported reently in cities across the United States.

Washington lawmaker tries to tackle major rape kit backlog

sexual assault kitsDNA collected in thousands of sexual assault cases has never been tested, sitting in evidence rooms in police departments throughout Washington, but a bill in the Legislature could start to change that.

ADP Forensic Evidence Department Identifies DNA Typing Of Archeological Bone Samples

old DNAThe Forensic Evidence Department at Abu Dhabi Police announced that it has succeeded in achieving a complete DNA profile match of two bone powder samples. One of the samples is approximately 400 years, the second sample dates back some 150 years. The Forensic Evidence Department at Abu Dhabi Police was one of three and 13 laboratories to have handled the samples respectively out of 18 laboratories from around the world.

Qatar moves to allow DNA evidence in court

Blood CardDNA evidence could be admissible in Qatari courts for the time, after the government approved a draft law that specifies ways in which samples can be used.
The draft bill on DNA – which was approved by cabinet last Wednesday, according to the state news agency – stipulates how DNA tests should be carried out, how DNA data should be kept and under what confidentiality clauses, and considers DNA evidence “to be authoritative in evidence unless proven otherwise”.

City studying new method of identifying remains

OCME NYCThe New York City Medical Examiner’s Office will study a new practice for identifying mass remains, which could be used should another terrorist attack or natural disaster hit the city.
The city plans to study the possibility of identifying human fragments through protein in muscle and bone, rather than D.N.A. analysis—the method employed at the World Trade Center site.

Scan reveals 1,000-year-old mummified monk hidden in statue

buddhist monk statue with skeleton(CNN) — A golden statue of a sitting Buddha, smuggled from a temple in China to a market in the Netherlands, revealed an extraordinary secret — a 1,000-year-old mummified monk.

Planned Canadian DNA data bank will fall short of gold standard as tool in search for missing indigenous women

anonymous deadCanada’s much-anticipated DNA data bank for linking missing persons with unidentified remains has been heralded as a powerful new tool to identify the nameless and help put killers behind bars. The Conservative government has also touted the data bank as a way to bring some closure to families of missing aboriginal women whose loved ones may, in fact, be dead – their unclaimed remains buried in unmarked graves or stored at coroners’ offices in cardboard boxes.

Innocence Project wants evidence better preserved

Justice and DNAJohn Hanlon, executive director and legal director at the Illinois Innocence Project at the University of Illinois Springfield, remembers going to an Illinois county to look at evidence in a sexual assault case.
He was presented with a bag that contained not only the clothing of the victim but also the clothing of a second suspect in the case. Because of the contamination, he wasn’t able to use DNA evidence in an effort to clear his client, who had been convicted of the crime.
“We would like to address the status of biological evidence after a conviction,” Hanlon told The State Journal-Register editorial board Wednesday. Hanlon appeared before the board along with Larry Golden, founding director of the project.

DNA Machine From Pleasanton Company Helps Solve Crimes Faster For Alameda County Sheriff

Rapid DNAPLEASANTON (CBS SF) — It’s not quite as fast as the CSI detectives on television who solve crimes between the commercial breaks, but new technology just acquired by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department promises it will process a suspect’s DNA in record time.

Bill aims to restore DNA collection from criminals

dark helixPALM DESERT, Calif. – Some California law makers are pushing to have people who are arrested for certain misdemeanor crimes give DNA samples to police.

Dutch DNA database makes 25,000th criminal hit

Model of a DNA MoleculeThe Netherlands’ DNA database made its 25,000th match last night. It involved a match between evidence found in the Netherlands and a person whose DNA profile is in the Austrian DNA database.

Scandinavian Team Searches for Indo-European Homeland through Kazakhstan DNA

sturla-ellingvagASTANA – A Scandinavian team has come to Kazakhstan in search of the common homeland of all Indo-European peoples, collecting bone fragments for analysis in the Centre for Geogenetics at the University of Copenhagen.