Category Archives: Database

Virginia forensic scientists achieve 10,000th ‘cold hit’

DNA DatabaseRICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia Department of Forensics Science hit an important milestone last month, according the Governor’s office. Scientists achieved the state’s 10,000th DNA database “cold hit.”

Law enforcement to start collecting DNA samples during arrests

Collecting DNA SamplesMADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin law enforcement will start collecting DNA samples Wednesday from people arrested for certain crimes.
DNA samples will be collected from people being arrested on violent felony charges and everyone convicted of a crime whether it be a misdemeanor or felony, according to a release.

Wider DNA collection passes in House panel

Ark legislatureArkansas- Lawmakers on Thursday moved forward an effort to expand the types of suspects who must submit DNA samples to law enforcement. They also pushed to expand rights for gun owners at polling places.

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.

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.

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.

Human DNA Profiling Bill likely in Budget session: Centre to SC

Parliament New DelhiNEW DELHI: Government intends to introduce the Human DNA Profiling Bill, to enable identification of bodies and missing persons and create a DNA database, in the upcoming Budget Session of Parliament.

Inside look at Arizona Department of Public Safety crime lab

GATCPHOENIX – ABC15 has a look inside an Arizona crime lab following Phoenix Police cracking two cold cases from the early 1990’s.
Police said DNA evidence links Bryan Patrick Miller to the murders of 22-year-old Angela Brasso and 17-year-old Melanie Bernas.
The Arizona DPS crime lab stores evidence for years, even decades until detectives are able to solve cases.

Minister Blaney Announces Royal Assent of DNA-Based Missing Persons Index Legislation

Database DNAOTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – Jan 16, 2015) – Public Safety Canada
Today, the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness announced that the Harper Government was fulfilling its Economic Action Plan 2014 commitment to create a national DNA-based Missing Persons Index and that this legislation has now received Royal Assent.

Van Hollen says state is ready for increased DNA screening of suspects

magnifying glassMADISON, Wis. (WSAU-Wheeler News) — Wisconsin’s departing attorney general says he is confidence crime labs are prepared to handle a dramatic increase in requests for D-N-A tests.

Sheriff Pushing For DNA Database Expansion

helix9Albemarle County Sheriff Chip Harding is rallying support to expand the state’s DNA database.
The General Assembly is set to meet in January. And if Sheriff Chip Harding gets his wish, a new piece of legislation to expand the DNA database will become law.
He says if law enforcement can collect DNA from people convicted of misdemeanors, it will make it easier to track down criminals when more serious crimes happen.

Albemarle Sheriff advocates for expansion of Virginia DNA databank

DNA DatabaseA local law enforcement official says that the death of Hannah Graham is another example of the need to expand Virginia’s repository of DNA evidence.
Virginia’s DNA databank was first established in 1989. Albemarle Sheriff J.E. “Chip” Harding has previously pushed to expand the state’s collection of evidence by requiring DNA to be collected for the databank at every criminal conviction.

DNA science key for law enforcement

cold case logoIn the 1993 movie Jurassic Park, DNA was used to genetically engineer dinosaurs, which then, of course, ran amok on an island amusement park. Three years later — not in a movie but in real life — scientists used DNA to famously clone Dolly the sheep.
Closer to home, the science is being used by local law enforcement agencies to help them catch bad guys. DNA helps them identify suspects, link crime scenes where there are no suspects, rule out suspects, and determine whether a serial offender may be involved in a crime.
In 2013, Lethbridge regional police were able to check DNA on a beer can they found inside a pickup truck that had been stolen from its owner. That DNA led them to a suspect who pleaded guilty in court to one count of possession of stolen property.

Expansion of Oklahoma DNA Database To Be Studied

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Oklahoma lawmakers have scheduled a study on legislation that would require persons accused of crimes to provide samples of their DNA.
Blue and black helixDefendants convicted of certain crimes in the state are already required to provide DNA samples to law enforcement authorities to determine if they can be linked to unsolved crimes. But Rep. Lee Denney of Cushing says she wants authorities to be able to secure DNA samples earlier in the criminal justice process.

South Korea builds DNA database to find relatives in North after unification

Hong Nam SoonHong Nam-soon, 84, holds a photo showing her younger sister, who went missing during the early days of the Korean War. Hong hopes a new genetic testing program for South Koreans separated from family members in the North during the Korean War will help her find her sister. Officials say DNA material collected from some 1,200 elderly South Koreans this year may help their descendants — and the descendants of their North Korean relatives — someday find each other.