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DNA evidence leads to arrest in 2016 Windsor jewelry theft

Windsor police are crediting DNA evidence for a recent arrest in a break-and-enter case that happened more than two years ago.A quantity of jewelry …

Golden State Killer case ushers in new era of fourth-party consent

By Lars Trautman, Nila BalaNews of the apprehension of one of the most notorious serial killers in history, the Golden State Killer, was nearly …

Golden State Killer

Using DNA tests to reunite migrant families on the border raises privacy concerns

SAN FRANCISCO – Genetics testing companies are offering to help reunite families separated at the border, but it's unclear how they would get DNA kits into the hands of immigrants, and the testing itself could carry privacy dangers.<p>One immigration advocacy group, RAICES Texas, warned against the …

Immigration

Philadelphia Police Office of Forensic Science produces impressive DNA results with M-Vac system | Government Security News

Salt Lake City, UT-based M-Vac Systems, a provider of wet-vacuum forensic DNA collection, has announced the Philadelphia PD Office of Forensic …

Watch 48 Hours Season 30 Episode 48: The DNA of a Killer

Police have DNA evidence in a brutal murder, but can't match a killer -- so how did a public DNA database lead police to suspect a filmmaker of …

Native American Man, Tall Bear, Exonerated By DNA Evidence After 26 Years in Prison

Johnny Edward Tall Bear, a member of the Iowa Nation tribe, has been exonerated by DNA evidence after spending 26 years in prison for a murder he …

Stunning DNA breakthrough could help crack cold cases

Researchers in South Australia are developing a new weapon to crack the most difficult police investigations.They've created a DNA detection device …

DNA Swabs Test: Good Absorption, but Less Than 50 Percent Recovery

NewsA wide array of swabs used for forensic collection can absorb trace material remarkably well, according to a new series of laboratory tests. But …

Nebraska Serial Rapist Convicted, Sentenced — After Prison Forcibly Collects DNA

NewsForensic Magazine and a local Nebraska newspaper both asked about the DNA collection of inmates in the state last spring. Brandon Weathers’ DNA …

DNA links barber to Texas newlywed's cold case murder from 1979

Advances in DNA technology have resulted in an arrest in a Texas cold case rape and murder that took place almost 40 years ago.<p>An indictment unsealed Thursday accuses Michael Galvan, 64, of capital murder in the death of 18-year-old Debra Sue Reiding in her apartment in Austin, Texas, in 1979, …

Anniversary of Coin Shop murders this week, investigation ongoing

<b>CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Cheyenne Police Release)</b> The Cheyenne Police Department continues to investigate a double homicide that occurred last July at The …

Bardole DNA Collection Method

The following was developed by Francine Bardole of the West Jordan Utah Police Department with support from M-Vac Systems. It is a method of …

In Germany, controversial law gives Bavarian police new power to use DNA

Police in the German state of Bavaria will have new powers to use forensic DNA profiling after a controversial law passed today in the Landtag, the …

Rape victims in Washington can now track status of rape kits online

SEATTLE -- Up to 10,000 rape kits in Washington state have yet to be tested and it's left a lot of survivors in limbo."It is impossible to navigate …

Golden State Killer, Part 1: Experts Explain Forensic DNA Evidence-Expert Witnesses & Consultants Blog

This marks the first blog post I’ve written on a local event of national concern, the arrest of the Golden State Killer. The subject matter is …

Ohio legislation seeks to eliminate statute of limitations on sexual assault cases

It's a healing environment for sexual assault victims.

DNA Profiling Assists Law Enforcement in Over 30,000 Investigations Across Texas

LUBBOCK, TX - The "Golden State Killer," now known as Joseph James DeAngelo, was arrested last week for a dozen murders and 50 rapes during the …

DNA off Spent Shell Casings a Matter of Getting in the Nooks and Crannies

NewsGetting DNA off spent shell casings, that of whoever loaded the firearm, is not a given. Getting a genetic profile from swabbing alone off this …

At Sacramento crime lab, ‘CSI’ meets real life

<i>Editor’s note: This article was originally published on June 23, 2013.</i><p>Jill Spriggs is showing off her highly trained staff and the expensive …

Criminology

Framed for Murder By His Own DNA

When the DNA results came back, even Lukis Anderson thought he might have committed the murder.<p>“I drink a lot,” he remembers telling public defender …

Arizona Police Find Murder Suspect Using Familial DNA

Scottsdale, AZ, police arrested 42-year-old Ian L. Mitcham for the February 2015 murder of Scottsdale resident Allison Feldman. His arrest in Phoenix …

How they did it: Groundbreaking technology reveals ID in 37-year-old cold case

Few people thought anyone would ever know the true identity of the Jane Doe whose body was dumped in Miami County 37 years ago.<p>New technology and the …

Genealogy

National group praises signing of DNA bill

Governor Justice signed the bill last week. The bill allows the West Virginia State Police to contract with the Marshall University Forensic Science …

Virginia State Police

Court leaves California law on DNA collection alone

The state Supreme Court left intact a voter-approved California law Monday that requires police to collect DNA samples from anyone arrested on suspicion of committing a felony, sidestepping questions about what it means for the tens of thousands of people who are arrested but never charged or …

DNA Software in the Courts and the Future

JURIST Guest Columnist John Buckleton of New Zealand's Institute of Environmental Science and Research, discusses the future of DNA software in the …

Judiciary

Astronaut Scott Kelly: How a year in space altered his DNA

In March 2016, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly returned to Earth after a historic 340-day stint on the International Space Station a changed man – his time in orbit had altered part of his DNA.<p>During his time on the ISS, Scott took part in a study with his twin brother Mark back on Earth. Scientists …

Tim Schellberg: Without criminal databases, DNA machine can't work

Tim Schellberg, an expert on DNA analysis technology, says the much-talked-about Rapid DNA Analysis System is not suited to Indian conditions<p><i>Tim</i> …

Databases

Tyrone Noling case: Ohio Supreme Court rules on DNA evidence

CLEVELAND, Ohio - In a decision issued today, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that death row inmate Tyrone Noling can have access to only part of the …

Dubai to DNA sequence its entire population

The city wants to record the DNA of potentially over three million residents and non-citizens.<p>Dubai wants to DNA sequence the city's population in …