Category Archives: Forensic Industry News

Defense Attorneys Demand Closer Look at Software Used to Detect Crime-Scene DNA

Justice ScalesLaw-enforcement authorities are turning to a computer program to overcome a common hurdle in crime labs—making sense of mixed-up DNA from​ crime scenes. But secrecy​ surrounding the software​ has​ fed into a national debate about how to balance commercial concerns and defendant rights.

High Court overturns guilty plea in controversial rape case

Justice and DNACHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Supreme Court will allow Joseph Anthony Buffey to withdraw his guilty plea to the rape of an elderly woman 14 years ago, citing new DNA evidence showing he was not the attacker.

Military identifies remains of 7 Pearl Harbor ‘unknowns’

worldwartwo2pearlharborHONOLULU (AP) – The remains of seven crew members missing since the USS Oklahoma capsized in the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor have been identified, the military said Monday.

Italy’s painstaking bid to identify shipwrecked migrants

helix10Melilli (Italy) (AFP) – The shy children from a dog-eared photograph found in the pocket of a migrant drowned off Italy may never know what happened to the man who might have been their father.
Putting names to those who die while crossing the Mediterranean to Europe is a huge challenge for forensic scientists, with clues sometimes limited to no more than a scar or a solitary tatoo.

CSI UIndy: Study shows secondary DNA can wind up at crime scenes

DNA Test2If a person’s DNA is found at a crime scene, that person had to have been in that room, jurors might assume. But that assumption might well be false, a recent University of Indianapolis study that started as a class project indicates.

Man fails paternity test because of unborn twin’s DNA

dna pipetteA 34-year-old Washington man’s unborn twin caused confusion for a couple seeking the results of a paternity test.
The parents, who wish to remain unnamed, went to a fertility clinic and welcomed a healthy baby boy in June 2014. But the problems started when they realized their son didn’t have the same blood type as either parent.

How DNA Evidence Incriminated an Impossible Suspect

Helix2In 2009, a horrific murder occurred in a place rarely associated with violence: a Yale graduate scientific laboratory. On what was to be her wedding day, a graduate student’s body was found head down within a small mechanical chase behind a wall in the laboratory.

23and Me Discloses Police Requests For Customers’ DNA

DNA MethylPrivate genetics company 23andMe has published a transparency report, revealing the number of requests for customers’ DNA the company has received from law enforcement authorities.

Indiana State Police Laboratory achieves major milestone with 5,000th CODIS match

Helix 5Indianapolis – CODIS is the Combined DNA Index System which came into existence by legislative act in 1996. As originally enacted, the law required people convicted of crimes against persons or burglary to provide a DNA sample, or profile, for the database. In 2005 the law was expanded to include DNA profiles of persons convicted for any felony offense.

ISHI: Largest DNA Symposium a Success in Texas

ISHI Conference in GrapevineGrapevine, TX – The largest conference on DNA analysis took place this week in a massive convention complex that proved the old Texan slogan: everything really is bigger in Texas. The 26th annual ISHI symposium, presented by Promega at the Gaylord Texan Convention Center, welcomed over 950 attendees from over 40 countries around the world.

Silicon Biosystems, Syracuse University Form Forensic Tech Alliance

DNA and artSAN DIEGO, Calif., Oct. 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Silicon Biosystems, Inc. today announced an alliance with Syracuse University’s Forensic & National Security Sciences Institute (FNSSI), one of the nation’s leading training and research schools that teach professionals how to use specialized instruments and lab tests to analyze evidence from criminal investigations. Under the agree­ment, the company will provide FNSSI with a DEPArray™ cell identification and isolation system to process complex biological samples for subsequent human DNA analysis.

Columbus Police Opens State-Of-The-Art DNA Lab

Helix6COLUMBUS, Ohio – One of the most powerful tools ever developed in modern criminal investigation is DNA testing.
It’s helped identify suspects in everything from freshly-committed crimes to long-ago cold cases.
The Columbus Police Department recently opened a new state-of-the-art DNA lab.

MTS Health Investors Sells DNA Diagnostics Center for $110 Million

old DNAEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–MTS Health Investors, LLC (“MTS”), the New York-based healthcare private equity firm, announced today that it has successfully completed the sale of its portfolio company, DNA Diagnostics Center (“DDC” or the “Company”), to GHO Capital for $110 million.

DDC is a market leading diagnostics business and is one of the world’s largest providers of private DNA testing services. The Company’s platform technology offers a wide range of products in the fields of biological family relationship testing, veterinary services, forensic services and medical applications for the pharmaceutical industry including cell-line authentication. DDC currently processes over 750,000 tests per annum in its state-of-the-art facility and is consistently recognised as the laboratory of choice for high quality results and excellence in customer service.

Murder suspect challenging DNA software used to incriminate him by seeking source code

forensic-dna-analysisThe defense lawyers for a man charged with two counts of homicide in the US are trying to gain access to the source code of the DNA software program that incriminated him.

Promega PowerPlex Fusion 6C System Receives Approval by the FBI

PowerPlex FusionMADISON, Wis.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Promega PowerPlex® Fusion 6C System was granted approval by the FBI for use in laboratories that generate DNA records for the National DNA Index System (NDIS). NDIS, a component of the FBI’s CODIS system, is the U.S. national database containing nearly twelve million offender profiles used by authorities to help solve criminal investigations nationwide.