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2014-02-11 08:40:59

Using DNA to Identify Missing Persons in the United States and Mexico LORTON, Va., Feb. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Bode Technology Group, Inc. (Bode), a leading provider of forensic DNA services, announced today a partnership with the Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG) to implement the "Combining Efforts to Identify the Missing: A United States/Mexico DNA Project." Through the collaborative efforts of CWAG, Bode and NamUs (National Missing and Unidentified Persons...

2012-02-10 10:14:58

New research suggests that unrelated individuals may be mistakenly identified as genetic family members due to inaccurate genetic assumptions New research suggests that unrelated individuals may be mistakenly identified as genetic family members due to inaccurate genetic assumptions. This is particularly relevant when considering familial searching: a new technique which extends forensic identification to family members of individuals with profiles in offender/arrestee DNA databases. In a...

Forensic Scientists Criticize FBI's New CODIS Plan
2011-10-18 04:53:22

Five members of the forensic science community criticized the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) DNA database system, according to a BBC report by writer Paul Rincon. The FBI's CODIS system generates the genetic profiles stored in the U.S. national DNA database. The agency plans to expand the number of genetic markers used by CODIS to try and classify individual DNA profiles. However, a few forensic scientists have negative opinions about the FBI's new plan. Dr Bruce Budowle...

2011-10-05 12:49:38

There is too little attention paid in national and international public policy circles to the digital divide in health and law enforcement databases, says a new article in this week's PLoS Medicine. These are the conclusions of Peter Chow-White from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, Canada and Troy Duster from University of California, Berkeley, USA who examined the question of whether the "digital divide" in health and forensic DNA databases is contributing to racial disparities....

2010-09-22 05:00:00

LYON, France, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- United States-based firm Gordon Thomas Honeywell Governmental Affairs (GTH-GA) announced the launch of the Forensic DNA World Map Project (WMP), a new component to GTH-GA's popular DNAResource.com, which monitors developments in forensic DNA policy. GTH-GA's president, Tim Schellberg, made the announcement in Lyon, France during INTERPOL's 6th International DNA User's Conference. Thirty-three (33) countries have implemented DNA database laws...

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2010-06-22 13:45:00

New York Governor David Paterson has proposed doubling the states's DNA database to include samples from even low-level offenders, making it the first state to collect and use evidence to help solve crimes and exonerate people that have been wrongly convicted. The new law would require adding 48,000 samples a year to a laboratory system that state officials say is capable of handling the extra work. "You think it'd be a huge explosion, but we have samples on so many people that recommit...

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2009-04-20 05:55:00

According to a New York Times report, US federal and state law enforcement agencies are expanding their DNA collection to include those who are arrested or detained, not only those who are convicted. The move is raising concerns over the privacy of minor offenders. Previously, law enforcement agencies only collected samples from those who were convicted. Starting this month, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, along with 15 states, will begin collecting DNA samples of those awaiting trial,...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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