No one has hours to scour the papers to keep up with the latest news, so we’ve curated the top news stories in the field of Forensic Science for this week. Here’s what you need to know to get out the door!
The dead man, it seems, had something to hide. And when he was cremated under his pseudonym, it seemed he had covered all his tracks.
But he had left behind a tissue sample at a local hospital. And now at least part of the mystery has been uncovered by the DNA Doe Project, with the latest headline-grabbing breakthrough produced by forensic genealogy.
If the real Chandler had died a half-century earlier, who was the dead man in Ohio?
For the past 16 years, speculation about the dead man’s identity has stumped law enforcement. Wild theories have wrapped around the case — could he have been the Zodiac Killer? Mysterious hijacker D.B. Cooper? Why was he hiding behind the stolen identity?
But even if testing companies can coordinate getting the kits into the right hands, using DNA to reunite families isn’t going to be that easy. And between privacy concerns and the potential for future human rights violations, it might not even be a good idea.
The initiative, a collaboration between the Norwegian government and United States Forest Service’s international program, will initially focus on creating a database for the bigleaf maple tree on the West Coast. And the great thing about it if you’re someone who’s passionate about helping the environment is that you can help gather samples for DNA testing.
The DNA phenotyping tool from Parabon NanoLabs used the DNA found under Freeman’s fingernails to create composite sketches of the face that may have belonged to her killer.
Following the DNA analysis that showed authorities a likeness of the killer and described the likely phenotypes of the killer’s eyes, hair, complexion and freckling, Parabon informed the Sheriff’s Office that it could use genetic and ancestry research to create a DNA profile of the killer’s family.
For the past year, a handful of people at BYU have been working with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency to find living relatives of missing soldiers who could be candidates for DNA testing in order to match remains of unidentified soldiers with families. The agency reached out to BYU, which has the only family history degree in the nation, to help find living relatives of missing soldiers.
Police used genealogical information from a close relative to identify the suspect in the rape and strangulation of an elementary school teacher in 1992 and charged him Monday with the long unsolved killing.