Category Archives: New ID Technologies

Centuries-old DNA helps identify specific origins of slave skeletons found in Caribbean

BustamanteA newly developed genetic technique enabled researchers to sequence DNA from the teeth of 300-year-old skeletons, helping to pinpoint where in Africa three slaves had likely lived before being captured.

DNA Machine From Pleasanton Company Helps Solve Crimes Faster For Alameda County Sheriff

Rapid DNAPLEASANTON (CBS SF) — It’s not quite as fast as the CSI detectives on television who solve crimes between the commercial breaks, but new technology just acquired by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department promises it will process a suspect’s DNA in record time.

I’ve Just Seen a (DNA-Generated) Face

FacesThe faces here, which look a bit like video game avatars, are actually portraits drawn from DNA.

Building a Face, and a Case, on DNA

Face on a CaseThere were no known eyewitnesses to the murder of a young woman and her 3-year-old daughter four years ago. No security cameras caught a figure coming or going.
Nonetheless, the police in Columbia, S.C., last month released a sketch of a possible suspect. Rather than an artist’s rendering based on witness descriptions, the face was generated by a computer relying solely on DNA found at the scene of the crime.

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.

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.

IUPUI Researcher Gets $1.1M Award for Forensic DNA Phenotyping Tools

Blue and white helixNEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The US Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice has awarded a forensic geneticist at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis $1.1 million to develop forensic DNA phenotyping tools.

New DNA technique may reveal face of killer in unsolved double-murder

SCmurdervictimsReston, Va.-based Parabon Nanolabs, with funding from the Department of Defense, has debuted a breakthrough type of analysis called DNA phenotyping which the company says can predict a person’s physical appearance from the tiniest DNA samples, like a speck of blood or strand of hair.

Pet CSI: How Dog And Cat DNA Nabs Bad Guys

Crime scene tapeOn Sept. 14, 2000, Wayne Shumaker, 58, Corby Myer, 30, and Lynn Ganger, 54—three carpenters building a barn loft at an upscale property near Lakeville, Indiana—were bound and shot execution style during an armed robbery. Less than two years later, the triggerman in the case, Phillip Stroud, was found guilty on all three counts of murder and sentenced to life in prison. The criminal was done in—at least in part—by the dog droppings he had stepped in during the commission of the crime. It turns out that dog feces not only messed up his sneakers, but his defense too. It was a simple mistake that was exploited by the prosecution using some new and very sophisticated science. Samples from Stroud’s sneakers were compared to dog feces at the barn. Through DNA analysis (as they exit, feces snag DNA-carrying epithelial cells from the colon), the specimens turned out to be a perfect match—proof positive that the defendant had been present at the scene of the crime.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Selects NEC Multimodal Identification Biometric Solution

DNA Analyst1IRVING, Texas — NEC Corporation of America (NEC), a leading provider and integrator of advanced IT, communications, network managed services and multimodal biometric solutions, today announced that it was awarded a multi-year biometrics service contract with Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD), the largest Sheriff’s department and fourth largest law enforcement agency in the nation.

What role does DNA play in the FBI’s biometrics database?

helix 7This September, the FBI retired its Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System and replaced it with NGI — the Next Generation Identification system.
NGI was deployed incrementally over a 10-year period. It’s designed to identify “bad guys” through fingerprints and other biometric data.
Stephen Morris, assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services division, explained how the system works and addressed privacy concerns with Government Matters.

Organizing Advanced Technologies into Law Enforcement

crime padUsing the cloud to connect disparate information & streamline investigations.

DNA Test That Distinguishes Identical Twins May Be Used in Court for First Time

human dna2In 2004, two young women were abducted at gunpoint while walking home near Boston at night. The crimes happened eight days apart, but the pattern was the same: The women were shoved into a car by two men, pistol-whipped, driven to a different location, and raped. While collecting her clothes, the second victim managed to grab the condom one of the men had worn; she hid it in her pocket, and turned it in as evidence.

New Way to Analyze DNA Evidence Under Development at Rutgers University–Camden

Forensic experts in crime labs around the world couLunld soon have a new tool to help them better analyze DNA evidence thanks to the work of a Rutgers University–Camden computer scientist.

The FBI Is Very Excited About This Machine That Can Scan Your DNA in 90 Minutes

Rapid DNAThe RapidHIT represents a major technological leap—testing a DNA sample in a forensics lab normally takes at least two days. This has government agencies very excited. The Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, and the Justice Department funded the initial research for “rapid DNA” technology, and after just a year on the market, the $250,000 RapidHIT is already being used in a few states, as well as China, Russia, Australia, and countries in Africa and Europe.