Category Archives: Forensic Industry News

Forgotten woman who gave us our first clear look at DNA

Rosalind Franklin1Darwin and natural selection, Pavlov and conditioning, Watson and Crick and DNA — no matter how little we know about science, there are certain names that popular culture associates with scientific progress.
But how often is this an overly simplistic view of discovery? Dig a bit deeper and the history of science becomes riddled with unsung heroes.

Kuwait Becomes First Country To Collect DNA Samples From All Citizens And Visitors: Report

KuwaitKuwait is set to become the first country in the world to require all its citizens, visitors and expatriates to provide DNA samples for the government’s database, according to a report.
In July 2015, the Kuwaiti government passed the DNA testing law, which is set to go into effect later this year, according to the Kuwait Times. The DNA samples of at least 3.3 million people—gotten from saliva or few drops of blood—will be stored in a lab at the General Department of Criminal Evidence in Dajeej, a suburb about 12 miles south of Kuwait City.

Idaho bill to create rape evidence tracking system heads to governor

Forensics labBOISE, Idaho — Idaho lawmakers signed off on a statewide system for collecting and tracking DNA evidence of sexual assault Tuesday, despite objections from a rural sheriff who said they should stay out of it because many rape accusations are false.

Rape kit backlog: DNA matches suspect to teens’ rape 6 years later

CAL DOJ AnalystsSACRAMENTO — One minute they were getting into their car on Allston Way in Berkeley just before 10 on an unseasonably warm Friday night. The next, a stranger had a black handgun to their heads.

Remains of Vernon man missing for years were examined in Bosnia

helix10VERNON – Human remains discovered in Vernon last summer travelled to the other side of the world — along with samples from 24 other unsolved coroner’s cases — before they were, at long last, identified.
Staff at the B.C. Coroners Service had already tested the remains, found in June 2015 on the banks of Cherry Creek in the North Okanagan, and had been unable to produce a DNA profile before crossing their fingers and sending them off to a lab in Bosnia and Herzegovina operated by the International Commission on Missing Persons.

DNA tests reveal twins have two different fathers

twin dnaA DNA test has revealed that a pair of fraternal twins in Vietnam were fathered by two different men.
According to local reports, the twins were tested after their family noticed they looked different.
This is not the first time such an occurrence has been reported, but it is very rare, with only a few publicly known cases.

UCO Forensic Science Institute receives historic accreditation

UCOUCO’s Forensic Science Institute has overseen the undergraduate and graduate forensic science programs at Central since 2009. Under the direction of Dwight Adams, Ph.D., former director of the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Virginia, the UCO FSI is dedicated to the highest quality in forensic science education, training and research for students and professionals.

Project Kudzu Crime Fighting Coalition All Over Criminals

helix 10In a large new initiative meant to fight crime, 11 area law enforcement agencies are joining together to form a new “consortium.”
It will hire trained DNA and evidence technicians, and open a new law enforcement office that will jointly provide the participating agencies services such as rapid response DNA testing, advanced fingerprint and gun residue analysis, and predictive crime analytics capabilities meant to predict the time and place of future crime, and perhaps stop it before it happens.

New DNA odds spur review of old cases

DNA HelixTexas criminal justice organizations have begun reviewing thousands of cases that relied on an outdated method for calculating the odds that a particular person left DNA evidence at a crime scene.
At issue are samples that include more than one person’s DNA, such as evidence swabbed from a countertop after a convenience store heist or taken from bodily fluids in a rape kit. Experts revised national guidelines for calculating odds in these scenarios six years ago, but no one sounded an alarm or asked prosecutors to re-examine cases that used the previous methodology.

Henry Lee, UNH and China university collaborate to advance forensics with robots

Henry LeeWEST HAVEN >> Henry C. Lee, world-renowned criminologist and namesake of the University of New Haven’s Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science, made the point himself Tuesday that he’s 78 now and can no longer run out to every single crime scene.
But a new joint U.S.-Chinese forensic technology research center that UNH and the Bejiing-based China University of Political Science and Law announced Tuesday aims to develop robots that can do what Lee does, among other things, Lee said.

Health Network Labs acquires two forensic labs, broadens DNA testing services

Blue and white helixHealth Network Laboratories, headquartered in Allentown, has acquired two State College-based forensic DNA laboratories that provide testing services for human identification, paternity and criminal investigation.
HNL now owns Fairfax Identity Laboratories and Mitotyping Technologies, which recently merged to also provide comprehensive DNA testing services for immigration, estate settlements, adoption and species lineage.

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New FBI biometric tech facility speeds analysis

The FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division began moving employees into its new Biometrics Technology Center in December just before Christmas, said Amy Hess, executive assistant director of the FBI’s Science and Technology branch.
The agency officially opened the center in August at its CJIS site in Clarksburg, W.Va.

WVU teams up with New York City lab chief to offer Lean Six Sigma certification for forensic science professionals

WVUForensic science professionals can obtain a green belt in Lean Six Sigma certification from one of the foremost forensics professionals in the nation beginning in March. The certification will be taught though the West Virginia University Center for Executive Education in the College of Business and Economics.

New bill would eliminate 10 day window to collect DNA evidence

sexual assault kits 5ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — The way DNA evidence is handled could soon change, and it may have a major impact on criminal investigations in Florida.
An effort is underway to remove the expiration date on warrants for DNA swabs.