Category Archives: Database

China moves to expand DNA testing in Muslim region

BEIJING – China appears to be laying the groundwork for the mass collection of DNA samples from residents of a restive, largely Muslim region that’s been under a security crackdown, rights observers and independent experts said Tuesday.
Police in western China’s Xinjiang region confirmed to The Associated Press that they are in the process of purchasing at least $8.7 million in equipment to analyze DNA samples.

CSI Baile Atha Cliath: Inside Ireland’s first DNA database

Though it’s just 18 months old, Ireland’s new DNA database is already helping investigators identify perpetrators and solve crimes.

Gov. Eric Holcomb signs DNA collection bill

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed into law Friday a bill that allows the collection of DNA from those arrested on felony charges.
Senate Enrolled Act 322 requires anyone arrested for a felony after Dec. 31, 2017, to submit a DNA sample via cheek swab. It further stipulates that the sample may not be shipped for identification unless the person was arrested on a warrant or probable cause has been found for a felony arrest.

US police agencies with their own DNA databases stir debate

DNA seqDozens of police departments around the U.S. are amassing their own DNA databases to track criminals, a move critics say is a way around regulations governing state and national databases that restrict who can provide genetic samples and how long that information is held.

New Database Helps Families ID People Who Died Crossing the Border

south-texashe promise of life in the United States led about 170,000 people to cross the border illegally in 2015. But those crossings aren’t always successful: This year alone, at least 409 people are thought to have gone missing or died while crossing the U.S./Mexico border or evading immigration officials after entering the U.S. Those people may die in anonymity, but they are not always forgotten. As Yara Simón reports for Remezcla, a new project is helping families of the missing identify the dead using the items they leave behind.

Branford police build voluntary DNA database; but ACLU says it’s bad public policy

DNA DatabaseBRANFORD >> In a suburb of about 28,000 residents where violent crime is minimal and low-level offenses are frequent, the Police Department has turned to a 21st century tool to address a small-town problem.
Four years ago, the Branford Police Department started collecting voluntary cheek swabs from people suspected of a crime prior to arrest to build its own private DNA database of offenders.

Addressing Sexual Assault Response — Moving Forward and Finding Solutions

Justice Deptfrom NIJ Director Nancy Rodriguez, “I am pleased to announce that on September 8-9, 2016, through our longstanding commitment to improving sexual assault response, NIJ is hosting Looking Ahead: The National Sexual Assault Policy Symposium, and I invite all to attend. This event will bring together decision makers and government officials, policymakers, law enforcement representatives, crime lab directors, advocacy organizations, prosecutors and defense attorneys, medical and hospital administrators, and strategists invited from 56 states and territories.”

AP police to soon have DNA index system

navy DNAHYDERABAD, AUG 21: Andhra Pradesh police will soon have the backing of DNA technology to improve efficiency of policing. The State Government has decided to use a technology sourced from IntegenX Inc., US to generate DNA profiles and create a database.

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.

Hatch bill to enable local police access to FBI DNA database clears Senate

Blue Helix2The Senate approved bipartisan legislation sponsored by U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) on Friday to modernize the nation’s DNA laws and enable local police to upload samples to an FBI database.
The Rapid DNA Act, S. 2348, was designed to enable local police to quickly determine whether a suspect is connected to a crime using the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) database.

Database of DNA helps to solve 215 crimes

DNA Lab“FSI have recorded over 130 incidences where an individual has been linked to a specific crime, ranging from burglary and theft through to more serious offences against the person such as sexual assault and false imprisonment,” the report said.
The findings demonstrate the benefits in relation to identifying repeat offenders.

DNA sample collection law takes effect

silver HelixKUWAIT CITY, June 1, (Agencies): The DNA Sample Collection Law took effect Wednesday and three centers have been established for this purpose, reports Al-Rai daily quoting sources.
Sources disclosed the general departments for Criminal Evidence, Citizenship and Passports Affairs in the Interior Ministry have established three centers to serve citizens who want to obtain electronic passports after their DNA samples are taken by mid-June.

Database launched to gather, study DNA from Midwestern twins

twin dnaResearchers who study how genes and the environment influence people’s health are hoping that twins who live in the Midwest will contribute DNA to a new database that might provide insight about traits and diseases specific to the region

DNA data bank planned to thwart terrorists

Helix and MagnifierABUJA, (CAJ News) – AMID the devastating impact of the Boko Haram terror, Nigeria plans to establish a Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) data-bank to thwart the terrorists as well as reunite children and parents separated by the crisis.
Out of the 2 million internally displaced persons in Nigeria, 6 000 are children, aged below five years, who have been separated from their parents.

Man abducted 19 years ago reunites with family

Man renunited with familyA 22-year-old man that was abducted when he was only 3 finally reunited with his biological parents on April 11, thanks to a DNA database that tries to link abducted people with their families, in Ankang city, Northwest China’s Shaanxi province.