Wisconsin turns to controversial familial DNA testing to solve old murders, rapes

by jeeg 9. May 2014 21:25
  Wisconsin has joined a handful of states in allowing familial DNA testing — a powerful but debatable procedure — to identify suspects in murders and sexual assaults. “We’re getting to the point where we will start offering this,” said Brian O’Keefe, adm... [More]

Wildlife trade meeting endorses DNA testing of seized ivory

by jeeg 18. March 2013 21:38
If you go into a bar in Bangkok tonight, don’t be surprised if you find it full of celebrating conservationists.   An international meeting that takes place every three years to regulate trade in endangered animals and plants has bolstered protection for a number of species. Besid... [More]

French police to DNA test entire male population of village in hunt for serial firebug who torched holiday homes popular with Brits

by jeeg 12. February 2013 22:25
The entire adult male population of a small village in northwest France are to be DNA tested in a bid to identify a firebug who has destroyed eight properties over the past year, including holiday homes rented out to British tourists.   Four hundred Frenchmen aged between 15 and 75, rep... [More]

DNA testing frees man who lived on death row for 15 years

by jeeg 7. December 2012 23:55
Every morning Damon Thibodeaux wakes up in his temporary digs in Minneapolis and wonders when his newfound freedom is going to come crashing down. "You think you're going to wake up and find it was just a dream," he says. When he stepped out of Angola jail in Louisiana several guards were at the ga... [More]

Could better DNA testing facilities in India have saved the Talwars?

by jeeg 11. October 2012 18:17
Over the last decade, the use of DNA tests to solve crimes has seen a significant rise in crime investigation in India. But forensic experts warn that the absence of standard practices, quality checks and regulation has resulted in irresponsible and inaccurate application of the technology.The use... [More]

Vt. high court to weigh pre-conviction DNA testing

by jeeg 20. August 2012 23:38
The Vermont Supreme Court has been asked to rule on the constitutionality of a 2009 law allowing the state to take DNA samples from people charged with but not yet convicted of crimes.   Lower court rulings effectively have blocked the state from carrying out the law, says a lawyer who ... [More]

‘Who’s Your Daddy’ Truck Rolls Through NYC, Offers Answers With DNA Tests

by jeeg 20. August 2012 22:41
It is a sign of the times — getting a quick DNA test is now as easy as walking up to a truck The “Who’s Your Daddy” recreational vehicle is selling DNA tests, mostly to fathers who suspect their children may not actually be theirs. “They flag us down, they pull ... [More]

Dog mess could be subjected to DNA test under plans by council

by jeeg 20. March 2012 20:04
Dog mess could be subjected to DNA testing to identify the pets and owners responsible, under plans being considered by a council. Officials in Lancashire are in discussions with a forensic vet over plans to analyse dog dirt found on pavements and in parks, The Telegraph reports.The scheme has... [More]

CRG Applauds MA for Passing Post-Conviction DNA Access Law

by jeeg 21. February 2012 00:36
The Council for Responsible Genetics (CRG) applauds Governor Patrick for signing and Representative John Fernandes and Senator Cynthia Creem for championing S.1987, an Act providing access to forensic and scientific analysis. This vital legislation allows Massachusetts to join the 48 other sta... [More]

DNA Lab Cover-Up: SFPD to Investigate Claims in Secret Court Records

by jeeg 14. December 2011 00:21
The San Francisco Police Department is launching an internal-affairs investigation based on a whistleblower's allegations that senior police officials and prosecutors may have deliberately tried to deceive state inspectors about the health of the department's DNA-testing lab.   Rockne H... [More]
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