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In the News: North America 

FBI seeks to add Rapid DNA to biometric database

The FBI announced a plan to accelerate the collection of DNA profiles for the government's massive new biometric identification database.


Federal Grant Program to help reduce backlog of rape kits renewed

The Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act of 2014 reauthorizes a federal grant program for state and local governments to reduce the backlog of rape kits through 2019.


New Michigan law helps sexual assault investigations

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law a bill which calls for sexual assault kit tracking and reporting.


Houston police file charges against 19 people while clearing backlog of rape kits

A $4.4 million effort to test rape kits dating back to 1987 by the city of Houston has produced more than 1,000 DNA databank matches and charges against 19 people.


New data emerges on rape kit backlogs in four U.S. cities

Thousands of rape kits remain untested Las Vegas, Milwaukee, Seattle and Tulsa, according to new data on rape kit backlogs released on Friday by the Joyful Heart Foundation.


California state audit finds nearly half of 'rape kits' at three police agencies went unanalyzed

A state audit report found that nearly half of all sexual assault evidence kits at three selected law enforcement agencies were never analyzed - and that many lacked a clear explanation why.


New California state law puts deadline on rape kit DNA testing, but will have little impact on SF's backlog

The Police Department has vowed to get rid of its rape-kit backlog that has lingered for years -- more than 700 cases -- by the end of 2015.


Over 5,000 rape kits tested as part of special Ohio initiative

Forensic scientists with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation have tested more than 5,000 sexual assault kits as part of a special initiative to test rape kits that had never before been tested for DNA.


Thousands of DNA tests are not being performed in Oklahoma

Law enforcement agencies neglected to perform DNA tests on tens of thousands of people convicted of serious misdemeanors, despite a provision in state law for such testing.


VA's DNA testing and notification project

Modern DNA testing of biological evidence left in files decades ago by a now-deceased Virginia scientist has exonerated 11 individuals who had been convicted of felonies and 975 convicted suspects have more recent test results.


Unsolved murders to get new scrutiny

Thanks to a pending federal grant, Clearwater investigators are preparing to dust off the files on 20 unsolved murders that occurred years or decades ago.


Cold case unit receives boost for DNA testing in Cobb County, GA

Cold case investigators will have a considerable amount of added resources in trying to crack decades-old crimes, thanks to a $247,000 grant from the federal government.


In the News: International

Donetsk to ask Russia to analyze DNA samples from 400 bodies

The authorities of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) will request Russia to analyze DNA samples taken from 400 unidentifiable bodies, the republic's first deputy prime minister said Monday.


Putting a name to human remains

National DNA database could help solve dozens, even hundreds, of missing person cases in Canada.

The government says local DNA testing won't be happening any time soon. The lack of urgency in a time of escalating killings and a continued issue with unidentified bodies is a concern.


Articles of Interest

The impact of targeted NGS in forensic genomics

Dr. Bruce Budowle, Executive Director of the Institute of Applied Genetics at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, discusses how next-generation sequencing (NGS) will transform forensic analyses in this short video.


On DNA, prosecutors can't handle the truth

Why are some prosecutors afraid of the truth? And why are some judges willing to help them hide the truth?


Expand DNA testing for Texas crimes (Editorial)

Before the Legislature tackles new challenges in the next session that begins in January, it should take care of some of unfinished business from way back in the 2011 session - DNA testing.


Seven tips for hiring "A players" 

- Lab Manager
Your lab doesn't run itself. The quality of your organization depends on the quality of your team-a motivated, energized staff is the key to success. You want A Players, those colleagues who contribute disproportionately to the advancement and productivity of the organization.


How to answer the dreaded 'Got a minute?'

- Lab Manager

When almost anybody asks, "Got a minute?" you automatically answer, "Sure, how can I help?" How do you stop doing that?


The pleasures--and perils--of managing a diverse team - Lab Manager

The concept of a "diverse" workplace gained traction in the '80s and '90s, but it was framed largely in cultural and sociological terms.