Police can now tell identical twins apart – just melt their DNA

twin dnaWhodunnit? Standard DNA analysis can pin down a guilty criminal, but it can be tough if the suspects are identical twins, who share the same genetic code.
Around the world there have been several cases in which police have been unable to prosecute a suspect because he or she is an identical twin

The First DNA Lab To Be Open In Sindh Today!

DNA LabKARACHI: The first-ever deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) laboratory in Sindh is set to be inaugurated on Thursday by Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and the lab will help the provincial police and health authorities get the DNA tests done especially during emergency situations, officials said on Wednesday.

Kudos on tackling rape-kit backlog

old DNACollecting forensic evidence from a rape victim takes two to six hours at a time when most of us would want nothing more than a hot shower and to crawl under our own covers.
The payoff is that the evidence, especially DNA, can not only confirm a suspect’s identity or that a sexual assault occurred but also solve other crimes — if it’s ever tested by a laboratory.

BMC develops protocol for preserving forensic evidence after a terrorist attack

DNA in a test tubeBoston Medical Center (BMC) pathologists have developed a set of protocols for processing and preserving forensic evidence, such as shrapnel, bullets and other projectiles, in surgical specimens (i.e. amputated limbs, injured organs, etc.) after a terrorist attack based on lessons learned from the Boston Marathon bombing. Their findings are published online in advance of print in the Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

Forensic science: The soil sleuth

DawsonForensic geologist Lorna Dawson has pioneered methods to help convict criminals using the dirt from their shoes.

New Report Recommends Policies for Improved Preservation of Biological Evidence

Swab and Blood EvidenceFrom NIST Tech Beat: April 20, 2015
All states should have laws ensuring that criminal justice systems properly handle, store and retain forensic biological evidence, according to a new report* from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). NIST’s guide, Biological Evidence Preservation: Considerations for Policy Makers, encourages legislators, judges, law enforcement officials, crime laboratory managers and other policy makers to implement or update laws that support best practices in this critical area.

2 new DNA testing centres in Maharashtra reduces forensic lab’s backlog

old DNASetting up two new DNA testing centres in Nagpur and Pune has reduced the overall pendency of forensic cases in the state from around 75,000 in 2013 to 37,000 in 2014 to 19,774 till February 2015.

Improved crime scene genetics with fungal DNA

Fungal DNANew York- Scientists have come up with a computer model indicating where a dust sample came from within the U.S. This is based on the DNA of fungi found in the sample.

FBI overstated forensic hair matches in nearly all trials before 2000

JE Hoover BuildingThe Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before 2000.

Greenville DNA lab lets the science talk in criminal cases

CriminalistThe roles of the DNA analysts at the Greenville lab are not as glamorous as the fictional characters seen on television, but the analysts do aid Upstate law enforcement agencies in solving crimes.

Can Specks of Dust Help Solve Crimes?

dust-microbes-pollenCall them the dust busters: Scientists are now able to take a sample of dust, sequence the DNA of its fungi and microbes and figure out where it came from, according to new research published in the journal PLOS ONE. The application might prove useful in solving crimes.

Man sentenced to 20 years in Ga. jewelry store burglary

DNA ProfilesMARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Cobb County prosecutors say a man who was linked to a $1.6 million jewelry store burglary because of DNA found on a plastic spoon has been sentenced to prison.

Ancient skeletons found in India

Ancient Keletons IndiaArchaeologists in India say they have unearthed four human skeletons dating back to the oldest civilisation in the subcontinent.
The ancient Harappan civilisation dates back around 4,000 years and was first discovered at Mohenjo Daro in what is now Pakistan in the 1920s.

US To Exhume Unknown Pearl Harbor Dead For DNA Identification

pearl-harbor-heroesThe U.S. military has revealed that it intends to exhume the remains of unknown Pearl Harbor heroes for DNA identification.
Officials announced on Tuesday plans to identify the remains of nearly 388 marines and sailors who were killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese in 1941. These unidentified individuals from the USS Oklahoma were buried as unknowns after the World War II.

Auditor to count number of untested rape kits

Sexual assualt backlogFRANKFORT, Ky. – The state auditor’s office is sending surveys this week to more than 400 local law enforcement agencies to determine exactly how many sexual assault kits have never been forwarded to Kentucky State Police labs for DNA testing.