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 missing, exonerating the innocent and finding the truth in each DNA sample.


This publication was envisioned as a vehicle to bring stories to the forensic community on topics of interest to those engaged in the important work of DNA typing for human identification. Consider the magazine a supplement to the experience of attending the actual International Symposium on Human Identification where you can hear about the latest trends in forensic science, meet others who share your passion for forensics and advance your scientific knowledge.


The inaugural issue will introduce you to several people who have impacted the field including Bill Linton, the President and CEO of Promega who was responsible for organizing the very first ISHI in 1989. You’ll also meet Robin Cotton, whose testimony in courtroom hearings, including the OJ Simpson trial helped establish the reliability of DNA evidence. Finally, you’ll learn more about our keynote speaker, Paul Holes who will discuss his role in helping to identity the Golden State Killer, a serial predator who terrorized California residents for decades before his arrest last year.


Genetic genealogy is shaping up to be a powerful tool to solve cold cases when all other leads have been exhausted. This issue will include an overview of the process and examples of its successful application. Use of Y-STRs is now an important part of criminal cases.  Lutz Roewer, who helped to establish and maintain the YHRD database provides an update on the database with advice on how to use it. Guest contributor Angie Ambers shares a case from India where Y-STRS and ancestry informative SNPs helped predict the biogeographic ancestry of degraded remains.


Nearly everyone can improve their leadership and coaching skills. As scientists, softer skills like managing people can be overlooked.  Former laboratory director turned management coach, John Collins will describe easy steps that anyone can take to be a more effective leader.  If you like what you read, consider attending John’s workshop at ISHI 30 scheduled for Sunday, September 23.


We look forward to hearing your feedback on the first issue of The ISHI Report.  Look for quarterly updates with the next issue scheduled for July. If you’d like to receive future issues of the magazine in your inbox, you can subscribe to the ISHI mailing list by filling out the form on the bottom of our homepage or in the magazine. Of course, let us know if you have a topic to suggest or better yet, volunteer to contribute an article.