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DNA Evidence Collected By M-Vac Helps Solve 40 Year Old Cold Case

On December 4th, 1977 Sharon Schollmeyers was a 16 year old girl living in an apartment in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. Unfortunately, there was a …

Crime

Governor Signs Bills That Help Law Enforcement Build Cases

(INDIANAPOLIS) - Indiana prosecutors participated today in the signing by Governor Eric Holcomb of two bills that are considered essential to law …

Crime

Queens jogger's dad lauds LAPD for using controversial DNA test

The father of slain Queens jogger Karina Vetrano praises LA cops for using a controversial DNA test to arrest alleged killer of two women.

Crime

Ten years on, DNA on Coke can leads to arrest over $200,000 jewellery heist

A discarded can of Coca-Cola left behind from a low level break-in more than a decade ago helped Australian police catch the criminal behind a …

Crime

Boise State gets federal grant for post-conviction DNA testing, but not on Idaho cases

The Idaho Innocence Project will benefit from a $630,000 U.S. Department of Justice grant to test DNA in possible wrongful-conviction cases.<p>But none …

State forensic panel to fine tune familial DNA proposal

A special state subcommittee Friday will be fine tuning a proposal for New York State to use familial searching, an emerging DNA technique used to …

DNA

FBI Validates STRmix™ for Use on Up to Five-Person Mixtures

The FBI has published its validation of STRmix™ for use on mixtures of up to five persons, as well as across a wide range of templates and mixture …

Africa: Italian Murder Case Wins the 2017 DNA Database Hit of the Year Award

[PR Newswire] Vienna -New international award brings attention to the value of using criminal offender DNA database to solve crime and bring closure …

Crime

China moves to expand DNA testing in Muslim region

BEIJING – China appears to be laying the groundwork for the mass collection of DNA samples from residents of a restive, largely Muslim region that's been under a security crackdown, rights observers and independent experts said Tuesday.<p>Police in western China's Xinjiang region confirmed to The …

DNA

Advanced DNA science cracks rape case

The use of advanced DNA collection technology and an alleged rape in Lancaster in March led to the arrest of an Athens County man Monday, who is …

Utah 22-Year-Old's Cold-Case Murder Was Solved After a 'Miracle' Forensic Discovery

According to the <i>Deseret News</i>, customers at the gas station that morning described encountering an apparent station attendant around the time of …

CSI Baile Atha Cliath: Inside Ireland's first DNA database

"We've talked about DNA as if match/no match is the absolute, and once you get the DNA, you've got him bang to rights, a bit like the TV programmes," …

Idaho invention helping prove innocence

A revolutionary device that is changing the face of justice worldwide was invented in a tiny Idaho town.<p>On Your Side shared the story of Chris Tapp, …

After 20 years, Chris Tapp walks free – and he wants Angie Dodge’s killer not to

The fallout from a 20-year-old unsolved homicide leaves an Idaho woman struggling with the killing of her teenage daughter, the death of her …

Idaho Man Cleared on Rape, Resentenced in 1996 Murder, Released from Prison

NewsChris Tapp was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison for the rape and murder of 18-year-old Angie Dodge, brutally slain in her Idaho Falls …

DNA

New forensics lab set to bring DNA analysis to international levels

Work on €60 million facility to begin later this year in Co Kildare<p>Wed, Apr 5, 2017, 19:57<p>The body in charge of analysing crime scene forensics has …

Forensics: Germany considers wider use of DNA evidence in criminal cases

The country may lift its ban on the analysis of gene-coding regions in DNA samples.<p>Behind closed doors this week, the German federal justice ministry …

Idaho man who didn't match DNA from killing is freed

By , Associated Press | Posted Mar 22nd, 2017 @ 5:32pm<p> 5 photos<p>0<p>BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho man who experts say was coerced into a false murder …

The terrifying DNA discoveries that are making science-fiction fact

Imagine a world where parents can give birth to superbabies with bones so strong they’re impervious to a surgical drill and a heart less prone to …

Poaching is one of the world's worst problems. | M-Vac Systems, Inc

Poaching is one of the world's worst problems. The M-Vac is an answer.<p>Poaching any animal is criminal and inhumane, but killing animals only for …

RIP Robert Kovack

DNA tests on human remains found near the New River Gorge Bridge in West Virginia confirmed that the remains belonged to Robert Leroy Kovack (24). …

Will the Trump administration tackle junk science?

Forensic science is in the middle of an upheaval.<p>NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA — “If you see something bad happening, you need to say something.”<p>This …

Man Arrested after Police Use Mannequin to Lure Suspect in Homeless Killings

A hunt for the killer of two sleeping homeless men in Las Vegas led to an unusual attempted murder charge Tuesday and a legal debate about criminal …

Bushwick Beheading Suspect Could Be Serial Killer: NYPD

BROOKLYN, NY — The Bushwick man charged in connection with murdering and dismembering two young Bushwick teens in 2004 and 2005 could be responsible for two other killings, police said.<p>Police charged Kwauhuru Govan, 38, on Wednesday with murder in connection with 19-year-old Rashawn Brazell's death …

Va. Beach rape kits get hits in CODIS DNA database

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Rape victims in Hampton Roads are one step closer to justice.<p>13News Now has uncovered the results of newly-tested rape kits …

Forensic DNA profiling might be about to take a big leap forward. Are we ready?

Advances in epigenetics mean incredibly detailed profiles of criminal suspects might soon be reality. Is the legal system ready to use this information?<p>Picture the scene. A detective is addressing her team:<p>“The DNA test results are in. We’re looking for a white male suspect, 34–37 years old, born …

Genetics

Rape victim did her own detective work to find her assailants

In the not-so-dark recesses of the Internet exists evidence of a company known as Efficient Pickup, which purports to teach men how to seduce women.<p>The idea, apparently, isn’t to find The One, or even a special one among many conquests. This is a numbers game, with the word “game” and all its …

Crime

Study: Texas Has About 313K Human Trafficking Victims

NewsThere are about 313,000 people in Texas who have been forced into prostitution or some other sort of work, researchers estimate in what they say …

Human Trafficking

Garland Triple Homicide Case: First Two Weeks of Trial Highlighted by Forensic Evidence

NewsA burning barrel, a broken lock, bloody footprints and more were presented as evidence by the prosecution during the first two weeks of Douglas …

Crime