forensics

From Tusk to Cartel

Researchers report using genotyping to tie together illegal ivory shipments and trace them back to a handful of cartels, the New York Times reports.

The work is a step toward transitioning from PCR- and CE-based methods for STR profiling in forensics to NGS-based approaches.

Law enforcement officials have relied on genetic genealogy to make an arrest in a decade-old series of rapes, the Associated Press reports.

The system is designed to detect single amino acid polymorphisms in touch skin samples that can be used to identify specific people.

Face for the Suspect

Newport Beach police have turned to DNA phenotyping to generate images of a suspect in a 45-year-old murder, UPI reports.

Buzzfeed News reports that genetic genealogy has led to an arrest in a 1986 rape and murder case.

How Old Were They?

In a proof-of-concept study, researchers report being able to determine age from dried bloodstains, Discover's D-brief blog reports.

Bloomberg looks into privacy issues raised by law enforcement's use of genetic genealogy sites.

Bavaria expands its forensic genetic analyses to include DNA phenotyping, raising discrimination concerns.

The Virginia-based firm's genetic genealogy service for forensics played a central role in a recent arrest in a 30-year-old double homicide case.

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The New York Times and ProPublica look into the close relationship between a startup and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Yahoo News reports millions of dollars are being transferred from NIH, CDC, and other programs to pay for the housing of detained undocumented immigrant children.

In Science this week: in vitro generation of human reproductive cells, and more.

Researchers gave a handful of octopuses MDMA to find that they too act more social on the drug, Gizmodo reports.