Category Archives: New ID Technologies

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. ( – 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.

Pressure BioSciences’ PCT Platform Results in a Promising New Method for Improved Extraction of DNA from Rape Kits and other Forensic Samples

Differential extractionSOUTH EASTON, Mass., July 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Pressure BioSciences, Inc. (OTCQB: PBIO) (“PBI” and the “Company”), a leader in the development and sale of broadly enabling, pressure cycling technology (“PCT”)-based sample preparation solutions to the worldwide life sciences industry, today announced the development of a two-step, PCT-enhanced method for the selective differential extraction of male or female DNA from mixtures of sperm and vaginal epithelial cells recovered from cotton swabs. The results of the study were recently published in Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, a leading peer-reviewed scientific journal. The authors of the paper were Dr. Deepthi V. Nori and Dr. Bruce R. McCord of the Department of Chemistry, Florida International University (“FIU”).

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



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.