I-Team takes close look at how ‘touch DNA’ helped solve Cleveland rape case

Touch DNACLEVELAND– The video was both chilling, and all too real.
Around Labor Day weekend of 2014, Cleveland authorities released a grainy surveillance video showing the beginning of a rape on Lake Road on the city’s west side.
With three armed attacks over just a few days – two rapes and the robbery of two more women – police were starting to believe that a serial rapist was on the loose.

Scientists’ Work on DNA Repair Earns Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Nobel PrizeSTOCKHOLM—A trio of scientists was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry for describing how cells repair damaged DNA, breakthroughs that are helping to guide the development of new cancer drugs.
The prize was shared by Tomas Lindahl of Sweden, Paul Modrich of the U.S., and Aziz Sancar, a dual American and Turkish citizen.

Bucks collecting DNA from crime suspects

dna-swabIn what officials say is the nation’s first such countywide effort, Bucks County police departments announced Tuesday that they have created a database of DNA samples collected from accused or suspected criminals.

2015 August Vollmer Excellence in Forensic Science Award Winners

Vollmer AwardEach year the IACP Forensic Science Committee recognizes the significant impact forensic science has on the criminal justice system and seeks to acknowledge pioneering efforts in this field. The August Vollmer Excellence in Forensic Science Award was created to honor proactive, innovative uses of forensic technologies by law enforcement.

M-Vac is sucking up DNA evidence needed to catch criminals

M VacSALT LAKE CITY — After a crime is committed, the search for justice can be frustrating and often devastating for victims. Now, a new forensics tool developed and produced in Utah is helping investigators crack cases that might have gone unsolved and unpunished.

Familial DNA Database Webinar Now Available

Justice DeptLearn about the new Familial DNA Database Search System, an online database for DNA profile comparisons including those that define familial relationships. In this NIJ Forensic Technology Center of Excellence webinar, Dr. Greg LaBerge presents an overview and live demonstration of the system, including its advanced encryption technology, search functionality and statistical capabilities. A panel of practitioners from several crime laboratories also discusses the relevance of this system to resolving forensic casework and implementing a familial DNA search system.
Watch now.

Justice Department Awards More Than $29 Million To Forensic Science Research And Development

Justice DeptWASHINGTON, Oct. 6, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Office of Justice Programs’ National Institute of Justice (NIJ) today announced that it has awarded more than $29 million in research and development funding to over 60 recipients who proposed work designed to strengthen forensic science and advance criminal justice policy and practice.

Advances In Dna Testing Could Put Thousands Of Texas Cases In Legal Limbo

helix jailbarsFive days after a Houston woman was raped by two men, she was driving down the street when she spotted 16-year-old Josiah Sutton. She thought she recognized his hat, and then immediately identified him as one of her attackers. Claiming his innocence, Sutton obligingly provided investigators blood and saliva samples — but months later, in July 1999, that DNA evidence would be the linchpin in his conviction.

Parabon Receives National Geographic Grant for Snapshot™ DNA Phenotyping Project

Cyan HelixReston, Va. (Ammoland.com) – Parabon NanoLabs (Parabon) announced today receipt of a grant from the National Geographic Society Expeditions Council to fund a blind evaluation study of the company’s Snapshot™ DNA Phenotyping Service, the first law enforcement service capable of producing a composite image of a person from a DNA sample. Dr. Ellen McRae Greytak, Director of Bioinformatics at Parabon, is the Principal Investigator on the project, which is designed to measure Snapshot’s accuracy on DNA samples from volunteers whose appearance will be concealed from the Parabon Snapshot team. Dr. Bruce Budowle, Executive Director of the Institute of Applied Genetics at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, will recruit study participants and conduct the formal evaluation.

Faster DNA Testing Now Happening at City Medical Examiner’s Office

DNA AnalysisThe Office of the City Medical Examiner has been changing the way it does business since its long-time chief retired two years ago.
A new report says the lab has improved the turnaround time for many DNA tests — but not all.

Family Tree DNA Partners with National Geographic’s Genographic Project to Provide Additional Insight into Family History and Ancestral Roots

MigrationHOUSTON, Oct. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Family Tree DNA, the world’s most comprehensive ancestry DNA combined database, announces a collaboration with National Geographic’s Geno 2.0 Next Generation, the latest product offering from National Geographic’s Genographic Project, a multi-year research initiative tracing the roots of human origin.

UK’s Key Forensic Services buys Rapid DNA system

rapidhit_idKey Forensics Services, which supplies the RapidHIT DNA system to police and other law enforcement agencies in the UK, has announced is to be the first organization in the world to take receipt of the new RapidHIT ID from IntegenX.

Bode Cellmark Forensics Enters into Service Agreement in Support of Innovative Programs Dedicated to Processing Sexual Assault Kits Nationwide

BURLINGTON, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Laboratory Corporation of America® Holdings (LabCorp®) (NYSE: LH) announced today that Bode Cellmark Forensics, a member of the LabCorp Specialty Testing Group, has entered into an agreement with the New York County District Attorney’s Office (DANY) that recognizes Bode Cellmark as a preferred forensic laboratory eligible to process untested sexual assault kits for grant recipients of DANY’s Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Elimination Program.

Using Ancient DNA, Researchers Unravel the Mystery of Machu Picchu

Machu PicchuA collaborative project examines the 400-year-old skeletons of those who worked at the iconic Inca citadel.

50+ Forensic DNA Experts to Present at the 2015 International Symposium on Human Identification (ISHI)

ISHI Banner 2015MADISON, Wis.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Learn from forensic luminaries, who will share their experiences solving crimes, deciphering historical mysteries and advancing the fields of forensics and DNA analysis, at the International Symposium on Human Identification (ISHI). In its 26th year, ISHI is the largest conference on forensic DNA analysis in the world. It will take place October 12–October 15, 2015, in Grapevine, Texas.