Fall Edition of The ISHI Report Now Live

The Fall edition of The ISHI Report is now live! We hope that many of you were able to participate in the 30th International Symposium on Human Identification that took place in Palm Springs.     This issue includes features and interviews with several speakers and attendees from the just completed conference.   A very […]

Using Isotopes to Tell the Stories of the Unidentified

According to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs), 600,000 individuals go missing in the United States each year. While many are quickly found, it is estimated that 4,400 unidentified bodies are recovered each year, with 1,000 of them remaining unidentified after one year. All told, there are currently more than 40,000 sets of […]

Fun Facts from ISHI 30

The 30th International Symposium on Human Identification was one of the largest yet, with approximately 1,000 attendees! Here are some other fun facts about the meeting as well as a video of the highlights.     These 1,000 attendees represented 46 countries from around the globe. According to the post-ISHI survey, most attendees self-identified as […]

Using DNA at the Border: Untangling Misconceptions

As the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy unfolded in Spring-Summer 2018, so too did a barrage of stories around migrant children being separated from their parents, and then mandates to re-unify them by judge-ordered deadlines. Atop the chaos were calls for DNA testing to screen migrants for trafficking, offers from genomics companies to donate tests […]

Clearing the Sexual Assault Backlog in Murdertown, USA

Clearing the Sexual Assault Kit Backlog in Murdertown, USA

Clearing the sexual assault backlog in the US has become a top priority over the past couple of years, because each rape kit that sits on a shelf untested represents a victim whose case has not yet been investigated.   In Flint, Michigan, the backlog stood at 1,047 untested kits when Jen Janetsky became an […]

Meet Your Exhibitors – Hamilton

Kevin Miller of Hamilton shares how Hamilton Robotics products can automate a forensic lab’s analytical processes.        Transcript: Travis: Good morning, my name is Travis, and you are? Kevin: Kevin Miller Travis: Nice to meet you Kevin. ISHI 29; is this your first ISHI, Kevin? Kevin: It is not. It’s my 29th […]

Introducing the ISHI Report – News from the World of DNA Forensics

We are excited to bring you the newest magazine in the field of forensic DNA, that we’ve developed with you in mind – The ISHI Report.   Each quarter, we’ll bring you a glimpse into the fascinating field of forensic science and the dedicated people committed to carrying out the important work of identifying the […]