Category Archives: New ID Technologies

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.

UC San Diego Scientist Looks To Microbes For Forensic Clues

Rob KnightAnyone who’s seen an episode of “CSI” knows that crime scene investigators look at a host of biological evidence, like DNA or fingerprints, when they come across an unexplained dead body.
In a new study, San Diego scientists say investigators might want to look at another powerful clue: microbes.

ISU professor researching ways to better identify human remains

StullPOCATELLO, Idaho -An Idaho State University anthropology professor has received a $510,409 grant to help develop new sex and age identification techniques in people younger than 25.

Rapid DNA Data Utilized in Court to Obtain a Conviction for the First Time

PLEASANTON, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–IntegenX announced today that for the first time in the U.S., results from its RapidHIT® System were used in court to obtain a conviction in an attempted murder case in Richland County, South Carolina. This represents a groundbreaking development in the field of Rapid DNA, as the RapidHIT System is the first of its kind to have results presented and accepted in a court of law.

Bill Introduced in the Senate to Allow Rapid DNA Testing to be Performed by Law Enforcement Officials

Rapid DNAPLEASANTON, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Rapid DNA Act of 2015, has been introduced by U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Diane Feinstein (D-CA). Co-Sponsors to the bill include Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Kirsten Gillebrand (D-NY). This bill is to establish a system for the integration of Rapid DNA instruments for use by law enforcement and coincides with similar legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Police are starting to use scraps of DNA in your chewed, discarded gum to figure out what you look like

Parabon ImageFor $4,500, a Virginia-based genetics company studied the bits of DNA left behind by a suspected Florida criminal to create a digital likenessof his face,Science News reported.

ISO 18385: The Creation Of A Forensic Grade Standard

ISO-18385Forensic DNA laboratories rely on reagent and plastics manufacturers to supply high-quality products with minimal interference from contaminating DNA. With the increasing sensitivity of short tandem repeat (STR) amplification systems, levels of DNA that were previously undetected may now generate partial profiles. To address the concern of laboratories worldwide regarding the potential of low-level DNA contamination in consumables, ISO 18385 has been developed to provide requirements for minimizing the risk of human DNA contamination events during the manufacturing process.
Many of you may not have heard of ISO 18385 so I’d like to give you an introduction to how the standard came to be.

Pressure BioSciences to work with university on “next generation” rape case kit

helix9Medtech firm Pressure BioSciences (OTCQB:PBIO) has sealed a collaborative research and development agreement with Florida International University (FIU).
The collaboration will combine the advantages of Pressure BioSciences’ (PBI’s) pressure cycling technology (PCT) platform with the forensic experience and expertise of FIU, with the aim of reducing the rape kit testing backlog.
The two will work on the development of a rape kit test method based on the PCT platform, and hope to have a commercial product available within the next 18 months.

M-Vac is sucking up DNA evidence needed to catch criminals

M VacSALT LAKE CITY — After a crime is committed, the search for justice can be frustrating and often devastating for victims. Now, a new forensics tool developed and produced in Utah is helping investigators crack cases that might have gone unsolved and unpunished.

Parabon Receives National Geographic Grant for Snapshot™ DNA Phenotyping Project

Cyan HelixReston, Va. (Ammoland.com) – Parabon NanoLabs (Parabon) announced today receipt of a grant from the National Geographic Society Expeditions Council to fund a blind evaluation study of the company’s Snapshot™ DNA Phenotyping Service, the first law enforcement service capable of producing a composite image of a person from a DNA sample. Dr. Ellen McRae Greytak, Director of Bioinformatics at Parabon, is the Principal Investigator on the project, which is designed to measure Snapshot’s accuracy on DNA samples from volunteers whose appearance will be concealed from the Parabon Snapshot team. Dr. Bruce Budowle, Executive Director of the Institute of Applied Genetics at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, will recruit study participants and conduct the formal evaluation.

On this episode of CSI: New software sorts through ‘murky’ DNA mixtures

dna-mixturesHas your DNA ever showed up at the scene of a murder but you had nothing to do with it? We hope not, but if so, you can now breathe a little easier as new forensic software will help track genetic evidence to protect the innocent from false accusations.
Appearing in the journal Forensic Science International: Genetics in May, Catherine Grgicak, assistant professor of biomedical forensic sciences at Boston University, and collaborators at Rutgers University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed NOCIt and MATCHit—forensic software to assist in identification the possible number of contributors through DNA.

Forensics: Blood and teeth samples accurately predict a criminal’s age

diagnostics-lab-in-africaIn this recent study, a team of forensic biomedical scientists from KU Leuven, Belgium, developed a test to predict an individuals’ age based on both blood and teeth samples that accurately help the police in tracking down criminals when identifying human remains. The new technique is useful in the context of police investigations as it can help in determining unidentified body.

New technology to help in cold case murder

phenotypeSheriff Tony Mancuso announced today the DNA of the unidentified suspect in the Sierra Bouzigard homicide was sent to a company that creates a picture and characteristic profile of the suspect from the DNA. At the time of the murder in 2009, the DNA found at the crime scene was placed in CODIS (Combined DNA Index System) but it has produced no matches.

U.S. Defense Forensic Science Center to Use New Genetics Technology to Aid Investigations

DNA in criminal investifationsCOLUMBUS, OH–(Marketwired – August 19, 2015) – Battelle’s revolutionary new software, ExactID®, will be engaged by investigators at the U.S. Defense Forensic Science Center under a new agreement.
ExactID is the first commercial forensic genomics software system that lets forensic investigators harvest the power of next-generation sequencing data in a format suited for routine laboratory analysis. ExactID provides the information needed to determine specific, identifying traits — such as hair and eye color, race, who a person may be related to, where they may live — from an unmatched DNA sample. This has not been possible before.

Better DNA hair analysis for catching criminals

DNA_TestingA simple, lower-cost new method for DNA profiling of human hairs developed by the University of Adelaide should improve opportunities to link criminals to serious crimes.