Supreme Court Weighing Genetic Privacy

by jeeg 9. November 2012 21:32
Supreme Court justices are to meet privately Friday to weigh whether they will hear a major genetic-privacy case testing whether authorities may take DNA samples from anybody arrested for a serious crime.   The case has wide-ranging implications, as at least 21 states and the federal go... [More]

Will Private DNA Services Replace State Crime Labs?

by jeeg 12. October 2012 22:28
The days of police sending genetic evidence to state crime labs for DNA processing could soon be over.   A new cloud-based DNA service has been specifically designed so local law enforcement officials can better access, search and reference DNA profiles collected from their agencies. Instea... [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]

DNA Barcodes Next Step in Fighting Crime in South Australia

by jeeg 22. August 2012 00:12
COUNTERFEITERS, cattle rustlers, terrorists and drug cartels are all potential targets for DNA barcode technology to be commercially launched soon by Adelaide company GeneWorks, managers say. But the $82 billion global security market is not the only industry expected to benefit from the Theb... [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]

Experts highlight more than 50 errors in how DNA evidence was collected to convict Amanda Knox

by jeeg 1. August 2011 22:59
PROSECUTORS at Amanda Knox's appeal battled it out yesterday, with independent forensic experts saying some of the DNA evidence used to convict the American of murdering her British roommate was unreliable and possibly contaminated. Italian prosecutor Manuela Comodi sought to undermine the ex... [More]

Victims raped by the system

by jeeg 6. June 2011 23:56
Hundreds of rape kits used to help police gather evidence are gathering dust in hospitals – allowing many rapists to escape justice. These kits – officially named sexual assault kits – which contain swabs of semen and blood and other evidence needed for forensic DNA tests, ... [More]

Katie’s law expansion has bipartisan support but faces court challenges

by jeeg 9. February 2011 23:04
A law that would require DNA to be taken from all individuals arrested for felonies, one of Gov. Susana Martinez’s legislative priorities, has wide bipartisan support and will likely land on the governor’s desk for her signature. But after the bill is passed it will face court chal... [More]

CRG and GeneWatch UK Issue New Resources on Forensic DNA Databases

by jeeg 13. January 2011 21:51
The use of forensic DNA databases by law enforcement agencies around the globe is expanding unchecked at an alarming rate and efforts are underway to harmonize them. Today, 56 countries worldwide operate national DNA databases from Asia to Europe and the Americas.  Some are still in their inf... [More]
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