Protecting our children’s DNA

by jeeg 5. March 2015 22:11
  Before they are more than a couple of days old, 98 percent of the roughly 4 million babies born in the U.S. each year have a small sample of blood taken and screened for a variety of inherited conditions. Caught early, many of these conditions can be successfully treated, preventing dea... [More]

Government DNA collection under microscope in California

by jeeg 5. March 2015 22:08
  In 2015, genes have many uses. Soon after every baby in California is born, a hospital worker extracts and logs its genetic information. It will be tested for diseases and then stashed permanently in a warehouse containing a generation of Californians’ DNA. For those charged with a... [More]

Law Professor Asks Supreme Court to Hear DNA Case

by jeeg 5. February 2015 22:50
Prof. Warnken Seeks Overturning of Client’s Rape Case, Hopes Justices Will Consider Implications of ‘Sweat Test’ University of Baltimore School of Law Associate Professor Byron L. Warnken has filed a request with the United States Supreme Court, seeking a hearing in hopes of... [More]

Law Enforcement Investigation Tools Expand Beyond DNA to Bacteria

by jeeg 28. January 2015 19:53
  For the past five years, forensic scientists have been taking advantage of their ability to collect Touch DNA, small samples of DNA from evidence that has been handled by suspects. Items such as vehicle steering wheels, gun grips, door handles, and victim’s clothing have provided val... [More]

NY State Police Investigating Cheating Allegations on DNA Tests

by jeeg 19. January 2015 20:05
  State police are looking into whether or not several of their forensic analysts cheated during a proficiency exam for new DNA test technology, technology that a local lawyer says shouldn't be allowed in New York courts. Defense attorney Fred Rench is challenging the validity of a DNA test... [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]

Police to collect DNA samples from all men in village where woman was murdered

by jeeg 31. December 2014 21:12
  Police hunting for the killer of a grandmother who was bludgeoned to death with a hammer a year ago, have asked all men in the village where she was killed to give a DNA sample. Artist Valerie Graves, 55, is believed to have been murdered with a claw hammer at a property in Smugglers Lan... [More]

British Police Open Up DNA Database to Europe

by jeeg 20. November 2014 01:19
  Britain is to share its DNA data with European police forces next year in a move that threatens to reignite concerns of eurosceptics over EU justice and policing measures. The compromise agreement brokered in Brussels covers a European data co-operation scheme that Britain ... [More]

DNA Tests Will Finally Be Performed in Up to 70,000 Rape Cases

by jeeg 13. November 2014 22:13
  Tests have been neglected, in some cases for decades, because of the high cost Manhattan District Attorney Cryus R. Vance Jr. has pledged $35 million to fund DNA testing in as many as 70,000 rape cases nationwide. Many swabs, painstakingly collected, have been left untested because of th... [More]

The use and abuse of DNA testing

by jeeg 10. November 2014 22:36
  In a landmark decision, the Vermont Supreme Court has deemed a section of Vermont’s DNA collection statute to be an unconstitutional invasion of personal privacy under the Vermont Constitution. The section of the statute at issue amends 20 V.S.A. § 1933(a)(2), and mandates DN... [More]
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