Category Archives: Forensic Industry News

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.

Family DNA Used To Track Down Suspect In ‘North County Creeper’ Case

familial dnaFor the first time in San Diego County, a suspect has been arrested as a result of a familial DNA investigation.

New DNA tool OK in trial

GATTACA ImageA top state judge will allow the use of new computer-assisted DNA technology in the murder trial of a career criminal accused of strangling a 41-year-old mentally ill man during a robbery nearly five years ago.

Noted Genomics Expert Dr. Toni Diegoli Joins Battelle

Blue Helix2COLUMBUS, OH–(Marketwired – February 16, 2015) – Battelle’s Applied Genomics team has a new member as Dr. Toni Diegoli joins to be the technical lead for Battelle’s Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) Program.
As a forensic genomics principal research scientist, Diegoli is responsible for research and development efforts, including functioning in a key technical role on several active contracts involving forensic genomics.

New DNA facility gives hope of ‘cold case’ justice in Scotland

Analyst3A new £6m DNA-profiling facility has been unveiled which is claimed to be the most advanced in Europe and could hold the key to solving cold cases.

Maryland man sentenced to 100 years in rape seeks reversal from US Supreme Court

helix10BALTIMORE — A man convicted of raping his former roommate is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the conviction and his 100-year-prison sentence.
In papers filed Tuesday with the high court, Glenn Raynor says Maryland State Police violated his rights by testing DNA in his sweat, which was collected from a chair he had been sitting in during a voluntary interview at a police barracks.

Privatisation of forensic services ‘threat to justice’ and putting the work in police hands would be ‘disastrous,’ warn experts

Forensic TeamUK- Criminal trials could collapse because of a potential failure to supply courts with DNA and scientific evidence following spending cuts and the Government’s troubled privatisation of forensic science services, a new report by the spending watchdog reveals today.

Live Webcast: Improving Biometric and Forensic Technology – The Future of Research Datasets (January 26-27, 2015)

NIST Forensics LogoOn January 26-27, 2015, NIST will webcast live Improving Biometric and Forensic Technology: The Future of Research Datasets, a symposium on one of the biggest challenges facing the advancement of forensic science and biometric technology – the development of large research datasets.

For event and webcast information, please visit: http://go.usa.gov/FsrF

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.

Illumina Announces First Targeted Next-Generation Sequencing Solution for Forensic Genomics

GATTACA ImageSAN DIEGO, Jan 21, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Illumina, Inc. ILMN, -2.71% today announced the launch of the MiSeq FGx Forensic Genomics System, the first fully validated forensic next-generation sequencing (NGS) system, which simultaneously interrogates short tandem repeats (STR) and other valuable genetic markers, including single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), to provide informative DNA profiles.

Mexico Seeks Second DNA Test to Identify Missing Students

helix2Mexico asked Innsbruck Medical University scientists to retest human remains recovered in the country’s south after a first round of DNA analysis failed to determine whether they belonged to more than 40 students missing since September.

DNA and case preparation

forensic sampleSome major changes in DNA technology and analysis have recently come on to the forensic scene – but with little fanfare to accompany those changes, busy practitioners could be forgiven for not having noticed them. This article will set out those changes and go on to explore the challenges they can present to those who have to deal with DNA issues in criminal cases.

Some Cities In North Carolina Now Bypassing State Crime Lab

crime sceneDelays at North Carolina’s State Crime Lab are a longstanding issue. Now, some local law enforcement agencies are seeking quicker assistance elsewhere.
Steve Williams heads Greensboro’s Forensic Services division. He says that because rapes and homicides take precedence, the review of evidence for other crimes can take a very long time under the state system.

NC Crime Lab takes steps to ease caseloads but funding woes remain

DNA AnalystsRALEIGH, N.C. — The former director of the North Carolina State Crime Laboratory says the agency has instituted various changes to help clear a backlog of evidence awaiting testing but that its biggest problem persists – having enough funding to retain analysts who are taking higher-paying jobs.

SoftGenetics’ GeneMarker Approved for Use with FBI’s NDIS

DNA 3DNEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – SoftGenetics said this week that its GeneMarker Human Identity software has received NDIS (National DNA Index System) approval from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.