D.C.’s new crime lab goes under the microscope

by jeeg 13. March 2015 22:56
  WHAT’S THE point of spending millions of dollars on a crime lab if people don’t trust its findings and won’t use it? That is one question D.C. officials should be asking in light of the unsettling revelation that the U.S. Attorney’s Office has stopped sending DNA ev... [More]

C.D.C. Ebola Error in Lab May Have Exposed Technician to Virus

by jeeg 25. December 2014 01:53
  A laboratory mistake at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may have exposed a technician to the deadly Ebola virus, federal officials said on Wednesday. The technician will be monitored for signs of infection for 21 days, the incubation period of the disease. A small number of ... [More]

The strange case of the 'time travel' murder

by jeeg 29. April 2014 21:44
  A woman's body is found in London. DNA turns up a hit, yet the suspect apparently died weeks before the alleged victim. Here, forensic scientist Dr Mike Silverman tells the story of one of the strangest cases of his career.   It was a real-life mystery that could have come straig... [More]

F.B.I. Audit of Database That Indexes DNA Finds Errors in Profiles

by jeeg 27. January 2014 20:34
The Federal Bureau of Investigation, in a review of a national DNA database, has identified nearly 170 profiles that probably contain errors, some the result of handwriting mistakes or interpretation errors by lab technicians, while New York State authorities have turned up mistakes in DNA pro... [More]

Report Details the Extent of a Crime Lab Technician’s Errors in Handling Evidence

by jeeg 5. December 2013 20:30
The crime lab technician mislabeled samples, using “the victim’s name instead of suspect’s name,” her evaluation said. Her supervisors disqualified her from testifying in court because of her inability to “explain and retain basic concepts.” Indeed, for a ... [More]

Mishandling of DNA Evidence Is Found in Over 50 Cases at Crime Lab

by jeeg 1. February 2013 19:56
The New York City medical examiner’s office said Thursday that it had discovered more than 50 cases in which it failed to upload critical DNA evidence samples from crime scenes to the state’s DNA database, preventing those samples from being compared to genetic material from convicte... [More]

Forensic Chemist Who Helped Put Hundreds in Jail Pleads the Fifth to Fraud Charges

by jeeg 31. October 2012 17:16
In the court room, forensics and science can be extremely powerful. Forensic chemists can tell the jury whether DNA was present, what drug the victim was given or what cleaning solution was used to hide the evidence. But what happens when the trusted scientist is a fraud? In September, Annie Dookha... [More]

‘DNA experts (in India) could also be guilty of giving false results’

by jeeg 12. October 2012 00:39
In an in-depth interview to Firstpost, GV Rao, DNA analyst and former chief staff scientist at the Hyderabad-based Centre For DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics discussed of critical issues facing the DNA testing in India, the problems with the DNA profiling Bill, and his experience as an expert w... [More]

Occupy Murder Mess Points to Problems With New York’s DNA Database

by jeeg 13. July 2012 00:18
Wednesday, the nation was peppered with breathless, if thinly sourced, reports of a shocking link between two very different, seemingly unrelated crimes: a match between DNA samples lifted from the CD player owned by and found near the corpse of slain Julliard student Sarah Fox in 2004 and ones ... [More]
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