Category Archives: Database

US Special Operations Tests DNA Scanners

Buccal Swab  MilitaryTAMPA, Fla. — US special operations forces are using forward-deployed rapid DNA scanners on a limited basis to confirm targets. Troops have used DNA from improvised bomb components to capture “some very bad people,” according to an official with US Special Operations Command (SOCOM).
SOCOM is evaluating the devices for wider fielding. If successful, they have the potential to cut the time used to process DNA evidence from weeks to 90 minutes and replace fingerprint analysis downrange, according to Michael Fitz, SOCOM’s program manager for sensitive site exploitation.

Japan to use database, expanded DNA tests to speed identification of war dead

Japanese SoldiersThe government will soon create a database of DNA information gleaned from the remains of about 7,000 Japanese who died during and after World War II, in a bid to accelerate work to identify them and return their remains to their families. The new system will be able to handle a wide range of inquiries from bereaved families, and relatives in some cases will be asked to provide DNA samples to help find a match.

Wisconsin’s DNA database leads to arrest in sexual assault cold case

helix 7RACINE, Wis. (WSAU-Wheeler News) — Second-degree sexual assault charges are filed against a 38-year-old Racine man after D-N-A evidence connected him to a crime committed almost 13 years ago.

Apple Has Plans for Your DNA

appleDNAOf all the rumors ever to swirl around the world’s most valuable company, this may be the first that could involve spitting in a plastic cup.
Apple is collaborating with U.S. researchers to launch apps that would offer some iPhone owners the chance to get their DNA tested, many of them for the first time, according to people familiar with the plans.

Bill would expand DNA collection from felony suspects

Expanded DNA TestingRaleigh, N.C. — Suspects arrested for a violent felony would have their DNA collected if a bill passed Thursday by the Senate Judiciary II Committee becomes law.

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.