Fix the Flaws in Forensic Science

by jeeg 21. April 2015 23:57
  THE F.B.I. stunned the legal community on Monday with its acknowledgment that testimony by its forensic scientists about hair identification was scientifically indefensible in nearly every one of more than 250 cases reviewed. But the conclusion should come as no surprise to scientists. ... [More]

The Future of Criminal DNA Collection in 2015

by jeeg 6. January 2015 23:05
  DNA can reveal an extraordinary amount of private information about you, including familial relationships, medical history, predisposition for disease, and possibly even behavioral tendencies and sexual orientation. While DNA testing in a criminal context has some benefits—such as... [More]

Judge tosses out two types of DNA evidence used regularly in criminal cases

by jeeg 5. January 2015 21:30
  A Brooklyn judge has stirred up controversy by tossing out two types of DNA evidence regularly used in criminal cases throughout the city, the Daily News has learned. Justice Mark Dwyer has thrown out the results of low copy number DNA testing, which generates profiles from minuscule samp... [More]

CRG Led Forensic Genetics Policy Initiative Publishes Article in the Egyptian Journal of Forensic Science

by jeeg 9. June 2014 18:40
Background The Forensic Genetics Policy Initiative (www.dnapolicyinitiative.org) is a civil society-led project which aims to set human rights standards for DNA databases around the world, by establishing best practice and involving experts, policy makers and members of the public in open deb... [More]

DOJ Names Experts to First-ever National Commission on Forensic Science

by jeeg 13. January 2014 22:54
The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced appointments to a newly created National Commission on Forensic Science.  Members of the commission will work to improve the practice of forensic s... [More]

Emerging DNA technology will impinge on privacy: civil liberties australia

by jeeg 18. November 2013 23:57
CIVIL Liberties Australia is concerned emerging DNA technology that allows police to determine eye and hair colour of potential suspects will impinge on privacy and help create a national DNA database. But forensic officer for Victoria Police Runa Daniel said information gained from the technolog... [More]

The jury is out on nationwide DNA database in Denmark

by jeeg 6. December 2012 02:09
A serial rapist on the island of Funen has so far attacked two girls. DNA samples from the attacks confirm it is the same perpetrator, but despite testing several men, the suspect remains on the loose.   While police continue to hunt for the man, opposition party Dansk Folkeparti (DF) a... [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]

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]

The Forensic Genetics Policy Initiative Launches New Website

by jeeg 16. February 2012 01:20
Today, 60 countries worldwide operate national DNA databases (many of which are considering expansion) and databases are being considered in at least 34 additional countries.   The use of DNA profiling in criminal investigations can bring benefits to society by helping to solve crimes a... [More]
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