For the first time, Australian researchers found that DNA can be recovered from the surface of three common types of drug capsules after just 15 seconds of contact — revolutionizing how law enforcement can track down and identify criminal organizations.
One of the world’s largest genetic genealogy websites, with 1.2 million DNA profiles, has been purchased by a San Diego forensic genetics company with the specific mission of helping police solve crimes.
As Domestic Violence Awareness Month drew to a close in October, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to explore reimbursing the cost of forensic tests for DV survivors. That’s a critical step forward towards addressing a rising problem in California, and elsewhere.
A California paleogeneticist known for extracting DNA information from fossilized bones has been quietly working for 18 months with law enforcement authorities to solve cold-case murders using a technique to extract needed genetic information from hair samples that lack a root.
DNA identification has been celebrated for its ability to exonerate the wrongfully convicted, but what if it’s also used by law enforcement to place you under suspicion for a crime you didn’t commit? A Stanford Law School researcher sketches out the dystopian implications of commercial geneology services.