Category Archives: New ID Technologies

New DNA ‘snapshot’ offers visual clues in Tinsley slaying

SnapshotParabon NanoLabs Inc. of Reston, Virginia, has released a “snapshot profile” it says may provide new clues for police about who killed April Tinsley 27 years ago.
According to a statement from the company, a snapshot profile, a technique in forensic DNA analysis, predicts the physical appearance and ancestry of a DNA source. It uses DNA to create a genetic blueprint for physical traits; a composite image is created from the findings.

Building the face of a criminal from DNA

Westons ImageryThe face of a killer constructed from DNA left at the scene of a crime: it sounds like science fiction. But revealing the face of a criminal based on their genes may be closer than we think.
Today scientists are using genetic markers from DNA to build up a picture of an offender’s face, a process known as molecular photo fitting.

UK bank customers set to share DNA data with banks for biometric authentication

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Two-thirds of UK consumers regard biometric technology as more secure than usernames and passwords for banking, and a quarter are ready to share data about their DNA for identification purposes.

Q&A: Peter Vallone of NIST Talks Trends in Rapid PCR for Forensics

Blue and black helixNEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The technology to identify people using short tandem repeats, or STRs, is mature, but it is being rejuvenated. (Requires registration)

Michael Fitz: US Special Operations Command Tests Devices for Rapid DNA Analysis

Blue Helix4The U.S. Special Operations Command has to test DNA scanners in an effort to reduce the time required to process genetic evidence from weeks to less than two hours and replace the use of fingerprint analysis in target confirmation, Defense News reported Wednesday.

US Special Operations Tests DNA Scanners

Buccal Swab  MilitaryTAMPA, Fla. — US special operations forces are using forward-deployed rapid DNA scanners on a limited basis to confirm targets. Troops have used DNA from improvised bomb components to capture “some very bad people,” according to an official with US Special Operations Command (SOCOM).
SOCOM is evaluating the devices for wider fielding. If successful, they have the potential to cut the time used to process DNA evidence from weeks to 90 minutes and replace fingerprint analysis downrange, according to Michael Fitz, SOCOM’s program manager for sensitive site exploitation.

DNA spray helps keep bad guys away

dna-sprayKNOXVILLE, TN (CBS46) – A Subway restaurant in Knoxville, Tennessee has a fresh approach to crime fighting.
The store is the first in the nation to use a security system that sprays the bad guys with DNA as they run out the door.

In forensics, ‘microbiome’ may be the new ‘fingerprint’

bacteria in intestinesA person’s gut bacteria and the colony of microbes that live in the body and on the skin may serve as a unique identifier, much like a fingerprint, researchers said today.
The study led by Harvard University is the first to investigate just how identifiable people are based on their bacteria, which can vary substantially based on a person’s age, diet, geographic location and overall health.

Arizona Department of Public Safety is First NDIS Lab to Upload DNA Profiles to National Database Utilizing Rapid DNA

Rapid DNAPLEASANTON, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–IntegenX announced today that the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) Crime Laboratory is using Rapid DNA technology to test DNA from qualifying arrestees for upload to the national DNA database. This capability streamlines the current process of DNA profile hit-matching against crime scene evidence, to keep communities safer and exonerate innocent suspects. Samples taken from the arrestees were analyzed using the RapidHIT system, which generated a full DNA profile in under two hours that was subsequently uploaded to the National DNA Index System (NDIS). NDIS is the highest level of the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), which is managed by the FBI and enables the exchange and comparison of forensic DNA evidence from violent crime investigations across the US.

Parabon Nanolabs and DNA Phenotyping

Faces_Of_Litter1Just last week, a rather remarkable bit of news came out which was not widely reported but certainly unprecedented. One of the largest marketing communication firms in the world, Ogilvy & Mather, initiated a marketing campaign in Hong Kong called “The Face of Litter”. Using the “Snapshot” DNA phenotyping services of a company called Parabon Nanolabs, Ogilvy collected litter from the streets and using DNA obtained from the litter, created profiles of the offenders as seen below:

Improved crime scene genetics with fungal DNA

Fungal DNANew York- Scientists have come up with a computer model indicating where a dust sample came from within the U.S. This is based on the DNA of fungi found in the sample.

Pressure BioSciences to Collaborate with Southern University at New Orleans on Improving and Extending the Use of PBI’s PCT Platform for the Detection of DNA in Forensic Samples

helix9SOUTH EASTON, Mass., April 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Pressure BioSciences, Inc. (OTCQB: PBIO) (“PBI” and the “Company”) today announced it has entered into a Collaboration Agreement with Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) to focus on improving and extending the applications of the Company’s unique and patented pressure cycling technology (PCT) platform for the detection of DNA in forensic samples. The program will be under the direction of Dr. Pam Marshall, Interim Director, Forensic Science Program and Assistant Professor, Department of Natural Sciences at SUNO.

Next Generation Identification

FBI Photo for title pageThe FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division took biometric identification to the next level when the Next Generation Identification (NGI) System—now the FBI’s largest information technology system—became fully operational. Seven years in the making, this new system expands upon and replaces the 15-year-old Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS).

In-house tests speed up crime, DNA investigations

DNA in a test tubeIt used to take about 105 days for Orange County detectives to link a suspect to a violent crime through DNA found at the crime scene.
That was about the time it took to collect dozens — if not hundreds — of pieces of evidence, deliver them to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Crime Lab in Orlando and test them for possible DNA samples.

Rapid DNA Technology

Swab and Blood EvidenceThere are no shortcuts in criminal investigations, but a new tool is saving time and investigation expenses at law enforcement agencies throughout the country. Rapid DNA instruments—desktop devices that provide sample-to-result analysis of biological evidence in less than two hours—are making a difference in dozens of U.S. jurisdictions by allowing the timely matching of a suspect’s unique DNA profile to crime scene evidence.