Category Archives: Forensic Industry News

The First DNA Lab To Be Open In Sindh Today!

DNA LabKARACHI: The first-ever deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) laboratory in Sindh is set to be inaugurated on Thursday by Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and the lab will help the provincial police and health authorities get the DNA tests done especially during emergency situations, officials said on Wednesday.

BMC develops protocol for preserving forensic evidence after a terrorist attack

DNA in a test tubeBoston Medical Center (BMC) pathologists have developed a set of protocols for processing and preserving forensic evidence, such as shrapnel, bullets and other projectiles, in surgical specimens (i.e. amputated limbs, injured organs, etc.) after a terrorist attack based on lessons learned from the Boston Marathon bombing. Their findings are published online in advance of print in the Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

Forensic science: The soil sleuth

DawsonForensic geologist Lorna Dawson has pioneered methods to help convict criminals using the dirt from their shoes.

New Report Recommends Policies for Improved Preservation of Biological Evidence

Swab and Blood EvidenceFrom NIST Tech Beat: April 20, 2015
All states should have laws ensuring that criminal justice systems properly handle, store and retain forensic biological evidence, according to a new report* from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). NIST’s guide, Biological Evidence Preservation: Considerations for Policy Makers, encourages legislators, judges, law enforcement officials, crime laboratory managers and other policy makers to implement or update laws that support best practices in this critical area.

2 new DNA testing centres in Maharashtra reduces forensic lab’s backlog

old DNASetting up two new DNA testing centres in Nagpur and Pune has reduced the overall pendency of forensic cases in the state from around 75,000 in 2013 to 37,000 in 2014 to 19,774 till February 2015.

FBI overstated forensic hair matches in nearly all trials before 2000

JE Hoover BuildingThe Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before 2000.

Greenville DNA lab lets the science talk in criminal cases

CriminalistThe roles of the DNA analysts at the Greenville lab are not as glamorous as the fictional characters seen on television, but the analysts do aid Upstate law enforcement agencies in solving crimes.

Can Specks of Dust Help Solve Crimes?

dust-microbes-pollenCall them the dust busters: Scientists are now able to take a sample of dust, sequence the DNA of its fungi and microbes and figure out where it came from, according to new research published in the journal PLOS ONE. The application might prove useful in solving crimes.

US To Exhume Unknown Pearl Harbor Dead For DNA Identification

pearl-harbor-heroesThe U.S. military has revealed that it intends to exhume the remains of unknown Pearl Harbor heroes for DNA identification.
Officials announced on Tuesday plans to identify the remains of nearly 388 marines and sailors who were killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese in 1941. These unidentified individuals from the USS Oklahoma were buried as unknowns after the World War II.

New DNA technology helps solve 2 decades-old murder cases

DNA and justiceMARTINEZ, Calif. — In Contra Costa County, Calif., two cold cases dating back more than two decades are now believed solved thanks to new DNA technology.
William Huff would’ve been released from Solano County Jail Tuesday, but now he’s at a Martinez, Calif., facility on murder charges, thanks to a newly formed cold case unit in Contra Costa County.

A Presidential Mystery: Wisconsin State Crime Lab testing bedspread Lincoln allegedly died on for blood

Abraham Lincoln1MADISON (WKOW) — Ahead of the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s death, the Wisconsin Historical Museum is trying to unravel one of history’s greatest mysteries.
There’s supporting evidence that a bedspread they’ve stored for nearly 100 years, is the one Lincoln died on.

Vermont State Police form new Major Crime Unit

VT SPBENNINGTON COUNTY, Vt. (NEWS10) — Vermont State Police will form a Major Crime Unit that will investigate a wide variety of crime in the state.
The formation of the unit will come from the re-structuring of existing positions within the Vermont State Police Criminal Division.

FBI confirms death of militant with DNA from severed finger

helix 10WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Wednesday it has confirmed that Zulkifli bin Hir, one of its “most wanted terrorists,” was killed in a raid in the Philippines in January.
A person familiar with the investigation said the FBI was able to confirm bin Hir’s death in part through DNA analysis of a severed finger that Philippine authorities collected from the gruesome scene of a raid that left bin Hir dead.

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.

Nominations for IACP August Vollmer Excellence in Forensic Science Award

Vollmer AwardIACP recognizes the significant impact forensic science has on the criminal justice system. The August Vollmer Excellence in Forensic Science Award honors the proactive, innovative use of forensic technologies by law enforcement.