Monthly Archives: July 2016

Forensic Science Graduate Program ranks number one in the nation on national assessment test scores

Marshall ProgramThe Marshall University Forensic Science Graduate Program has once again been ranked number one in the country compared to other graduate programs participating in the Forensic Science Assessment Test administered earlier this year.

Initiative allows families to help locate missing loved ones through DNA

Houston DNA InitiativeShe’d been hoping for the call for more than six years, though in the end, she wasn’t sure she really wanted to be the one to answer the phone.
It finally rang on the afternoon of Nov. 10, 2015, as Marilú Chávez was busy cooking Mexican food at the Houston restaurant where she worked. She doesn’t remember who called or what exactly he said, just this:
“We have been able to identify the remains of your brother.”

Potsdam Boy’s Murder Case May Hinge on Minuscule DNA Sample From Fingernail

Sign for GarrettPOTSDAM, N.Y. — A long-simmering murder case in northern New York connected to the strangulation of a 12-year-old boy is shaping up as an important legal test of a cutting-edge method of teasing DNA evidence out of microscopic amounts of biological matter.

Richard III’s missing teeth in skull may prove he DIDN’T kill Tower of London princes

lost BoysInnocent: New evidence blows a major hole in the story of Richard III and the princes in the Tower
It is one of the most dramatic and controversial tales in British history – how two young princes were murdered by their dastardly uncle so he could claim the throne for himself.

By bringing forgotten rape kits out of storage, Alaska may deliver long-overdue justice

Alaska Crime labThis year, as Alaska Gov. Bill Walker and legislators tangled over the best way to solve Alaska’s budget woes, he quietly launched a mandate to do right by Alaska’s victims of sexual assault.
Ten months ago, Walker tasked all state of Alaska departments and law enforcement agencies with the duty to collect, maintain, store and preserve sexual assault kits to find out how many kits exist that have never made it into the hands of DNA analysts for review.

Montana task force grapples with processing backlog of untested sex assault kits

backlog sexual assault kitsMISSOULA -A task force met Friday at the Montana State Crime Lab where a backlog of 1,400 untested sexual assault kits waits to be processed.
Members discussed resolving the testing delays and how to prevent it from happening again.

Blood of King Albert I identified after 80 years

Tree Leaves RelicThe death of King Albert I of Belgium in 1934 — officially a climbing accident — still fuels speculation. Forensic geneticist Maarten Larmuseau and his colleagues at KU Leuven (University of Leuven, Belgium), have now compared DNA from blood found on the scene in 1934 to that of two distant relatives. Their analysis confirms that the blood really is that of Albert I. This conclusion is at odds with several conspiracy theories about the king’s death.

Inside look at lab’s analysis of VA’s untested rape kits

VA BacklogFor the first time, 13News Now was able to get an inside look at the lab analyzing thousands of untested rape kits, which hold evidence taken from victims in Virginia.
As part of our year-long “Test the Kits” investigation, we traveled to Northern Virginia to show you the work that could hold the keys to solving rape cases that date back decades. Hundreds of them are from Hampton Roads.

First farmers had diverse origins, DNA shows

Zagros MountainsResearchers compared the genomes of ancient Neolithic skeletons from across the Middle East, where farming began.
The results shed light on a debate over whether farming spread out from a single source in the region, or whether multiple farmer groups spread their technology across Eurasia.

Czech police to use plant, animal DNA in fighting crime

navy DNAPrague, July 14 (CTK) – Experts from the Czech Institute of Criminalistics are testing a new method of revealing crime that is based on “non-human genetics” or plant and animal DNA, within a five-year project launched at the beginning of this year, daily Pravo writes on Thursday.

Russian scientists dissect ancient organs from 800-year-old mummy

SalekhardThe child, aged around six or seven, was found close to the town of Salekhard. Researchers took samples of tissue and probed the boy’s internal organs.
It is hoped these will reveal how people lived at the time, possibly their diet. Experts have started establishing the boy’s DNA and hunting for descendants

State will use Battelle DNA technology at crime lab

BushLONDON, Ohio — The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation soon will boost its DNA testing abilities, thanks to new technology from Battelle.
Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Thursday that the bureau is working with Battelle, the Columbus nonprofit research giant, to validate new DNA-sequencing — called Next Generation Sequencing — technology.

DNA testing by University of Canberra forensics lab to make molecular sketches of crime suspects

McNevinA Canberra forensic laboratory will be the first in Australia to test the ancestry of crime scene DNA, opening up a world of potentially predicting a suspect’s eye or skin colour.

Kuwait set to collect DNA

navy DNAKUWAIT CITY, July 12: Kuwait will start implementing the law requiring all citizens, expatriates and visitors to submit DNA samples later this summer, reports Alternet quoting Kuwaiti officials.
According to the report published Monday on the website of Alternet, the DNA samples of at least 3.3 million people will be stored in the government’s database which costs around $400 million. This makes Kuwait the first country in the world to legislate mandatory collection of DNA samples.

Today’s technology to uncover yesterday’s secrets at an early settler’s burial ground at Milton

Milton Burial GroundThe group, the Tokomairiro Project 60 research team, is undergoing a public submission process to enable the digging-up of 20-30 skeletons from St John’s Burial Ground, amid farmland on Milton’s Back Rd.