Two Montana Sweethearts Were Fatally Shot in 1956. The Case Was Just Solved.

The Cascade County Sheriff’s Office said it appeared to be the oldest homicide case in the United States to be solved with genetic genealogy.

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forensic-science, #genealogy, #great-falls-mont, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides

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China Still Buys American DNA Equipment for Xinjiang Despite Blocks

The U.S. government has long tried to prevent the sales over concerns about rights abuses and surveillance. Documents show those efforts have failed.

#china, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forensic-science, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #xinjiang-china

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An Innocent Man Went to Prison for Murder. Now, It’s the Real Killer’s Turn.

Brian Leigh Dripps Sr. was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday in the 1996 killing of Angie Dodge in Idaho, a crime for which Christopher Tapp was exonerated.

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #forensic-science, #genealogy, #idaho, #idaho-falls-idaho, #innocence-project, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #sex-crimes, #tapp-christopher

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She Was Stabbed and Left in a Cornfield in 1972. Now There’s an Arrest.

Barry Lee Whelpley, now 76, was charged with killing Julie Ann Hanson, who was 15 when her body was found in Naperville, Ill., the authorities said.

#chicago-ill, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forensic-science, #genealogy, #illinois, #minnesota, #missing-persons, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #naperville-ill

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Two New Laws Restrict Police Use of DNA Search Method

Maryland and Montana have passed the nation’s first laws limiting forensic genealogy, the method that found the Golden State Killer.

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forensic-science, #genealogy, #genetics-and-heredity, #law-and-legislation, #maryland, #montana, #privacy, #your-feed-science

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Man Rescued in Colorado Mountain Pass Is Accused in 1982 Murders

Alan Lee Phillips was rescued from a snowdrift in 1982 after he signaled SOS with his headlights. The police now say he became trapped on the road after killing two women.

#breckenridge-colo, #colorado, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forensic-science, #genealogy, #genetics-and-heredity, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #oberholtzer-barbara-jo-d-1982, #phillips-alan-lee-1951, #schnee-annette-d-1982

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DNA Could Identify Somerton Man Exhumed in Australia

This week the police disinterred a body, found on a beach in 1948, that has puzzled investigators for decades. “There’s lots of twists and turns in this case, and every turn is pretty weird,” one said.

#adelaide-australia, #australia, #derek-abbott, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forensic-science, #rachel-egan, #somerton-man

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Cleared of Murder, Brothers Are Awarded $75 Million

Henry McCollum and Leon Brown, half brothers with intellectual disabilities, spent three decades in prison for the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl before DNA evidence implicated someone else.

#artis-roscoe, #brown-leon, #capital-punishment, #compensation-for-damages-law, #confessions, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #forensic-science, #intellectual-disabilities, #mccollum-henry-lee, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #north-carolina, #north-carolina-innocence-inquiry-commission, #robeson-county-nc, #sex-crimes, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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Remains Found 36 Years Ago in Montana Are Identified

DNA analysis has identified the remains of a woman, who for decades was known only as Christy Crystal Creek, as those of Janet Lee Lucas, who was last seen in Spokane, Wash., in 1983.

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forensic-science, #genealogy, #lucas-janet-lee, #missing-persons, #missoula-county-mont, #montana, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #serial-murders, #spokane-wash, #teeth-and-dentistry

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After Ledell Lee’s Execution, Another Man’s DNA Is Found on the Murder Weapon

Lawyers’ request to conduct additional DNA testing before Ledell Lee was executed had been denied.

#american-civil-liberties-union, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forensic-science, #innocence-project, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides

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To Solve 3 Cold Cases, This Small County Got a DNA Crash Course

Forensic genealogy helped nab the Golden State Killer in 2018. Now investigators across the country are using it to revisit hundreds of unsolved crimes.

#deangelo-joseph-james, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forensic-science, #genealogy, #genetics-and-heredity, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #privacy, #your-feed-science

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To Name Unknown Soldiers, Military Mulls Crime-Solving DNA Methods

Forensic genealogy techniques that have successfully tracked down elusive serial killers may soon be used to help identify thousands of American service members “known but to God.”

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #futch-melton-d-1944, #genealogy, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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To Name Unknown Soldiers Who Died, Military Mulls DNA Methods

Forensic genealogy techniques that have successfully tracked down elusive serial killers may soon be used to help identify thousands of American service members “known but to God.”

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #futch-melton-d-1944, #genealogy, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #world-war-ii-1939-45

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Queens Man Is Charged in 1976 Killing of Pregnant Teenager

Luis Sierra, 63, of Ozone Park, was arrested this week in the killing of Evelyn Colon, a Jersey City 15-year-old whose dismembered remains were found along a riverbank in Pennsylvania, the authorities said.

#assaults, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #extradition, #forensic-science, #jersey-city-nj, #missing-persons, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #new-jersey, #ozone-park-queens-ny, #pennsylvania, #queens-nyc, #sex-crimes

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She Vanished Decades Ago. Her Children Just Learned She Had Been Killed.

William Heiser Jr. said his father had told him and his sister that their mother, Marie Heiser, had “just packed up her stuff and left.”

#delaware, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forensic-science, #genealogy, #heiser-marie-petry, #missing-persons, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #parabon-nanolabs-inc, #philadelphia-pa

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Book Review: ‘Life’s Edge,’ by Carl Zimmer

In “Life’s Edge,” Carl Zimmer examines the many scientific attempts to define what it is that exactly constitutes life.

#biology-and-biochemistry, #books-and-literature, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #lifes-edge-the-search-for-what-it-means-to-be-alive-book, #physics, #science-and-technology, #zimmer-carl

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After Nearly Four Decades, a Tip Helps Solve the Killing of a School Cook

Virginia Hannon, 59, was found stabbed and strangled in her home in 1984. The authorities said a tipster last year helped them identify her killer.

#aylward-jesse, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forensic-science, #hannon-virginia-d-1984, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #pembroke-mass

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Coyote That Attacked Five in Bay Area is Finally Caught

The animal, which had bitten five people, including two young children, near San Francisco over nearly eight months, was euthanized on Thursday.

#california, #coyotes, #department-of-fish-and-wildlife-california, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #east-bay-san-francisco-calif, #forensic-science

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Oregon Man Is Charged With Two Murders Committed Two Decades Apart

Genetic genealogy connected Christopher Lovrien to a 1999 homicide victim, according to the authorities, who said they found the remains of a 2020 homicide victim when they searched his property.

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #dribin-mark, #forensic-science, #genealogy, #genetics-and-heredity, #griffin-kenneth, #lovrien-christopher, #missing-persons, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #oregon, #police-department-portland-ore, #portland-ore, #search-and-seizure, #serial-murders

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Sickle Cell Treatment Not Linked to Cancer, Researchers Say

Trials of experimental gene therapy for sickle cell disease were halted when patients developed worrying illnesses.

#bluebird-bio-inc, #boston-childrens-hospital, #clinical-trials, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #gene-therapy, #genetics-and-heredity, #leukemia, #sickle-cell-anemia

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Woman’s Search for Her Birth Parents Leads to a Story of Murder

Kathy Gillcrist said a DNA test she took in 2017 revealed that her father may have been William Bradford Bishop Jr., a fugitive suspected of killing his wife, mother and three sons in 1976.

#adoptions, #bethesda-md, #bishop-william-bradford-jr, #content-type-personal-profile, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #fugitives, #genealogy, #gillcrist-kathy-1957, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #north-carolina, #tests-medical

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The Sunday Read: ‘Sigrid Johnson Was Black. A DNA Test Said She Wasn’t’

The surge in popularity of services like 23andMe and Ancestry means that more and more people are unearthing surprises in their ancestry.

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #families-and-family-life, #race-and-ethnicity, #tests-medical

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The Secret Life of a Coronavirus

An oily, 100-nanometer-wide bubble of genes has killed more than two million people and reshaped the world. Scientists don’t quite know what to make of it.

#almeida-june-1930-2007, #animals, #bats, #biodiversity, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #genetics-and-heredity, #microbiology, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #rna-ribonucleic-acid, #science-and-technology, #smallpox, #van-leeuwenhoek-antonie-1632-1723, #viruses

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Researchers Halt Trials of Promising Sickle Cell Treatment

Two patients in a gene therapy study developed cancer years after treatment. It is not clear whether the therapy was responsible.

#black-people, #bluebird-bio-inc, #bone-marrow, #busulfan, #clinical-trials, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #genetic-engineering, #leukemia, #national-heart-lung-and-blood-institute, #sickle-cell-anemia

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DNA Points to Single Coyote in Series of Attacks in California

Since July, four attacks on Bay Area residents have involved the same coyote, according to DNA taken from the victims’ bite wounds and clothing.

#animals, #california, #coyotes, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #east-bay-san-francisco-calif, #forensic-science

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Where Does the Columbian Mammoth Come From?

Genomic data — the oldest ever recovered from a fossil — reveals the origin and evolution of the Columbian mammoth.

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #fossils, #genetics-and-heredity, #ice-age, #mammoths-animals, #nature-journal, #paleontology, #research, #your-feed-science

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DNA and Race: What Ancestry and 23andMe Reveal

Our country has struggled to reckon with the horrors of the past. Could DNA tests help?

#23andme, #ancestry-com, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #genealogy, #genetics-and-heredity, #race-and-ethnicity, #slavery-historical

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Piecing Together the Next Pandemic

From a small lab in Cambodia, Dr. Jessica Manning is on the lookout for emerging diseases.

#cambodia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #gates-bill-and-melinda-foundation, #genetics-and-heredity, #malaria, #mosquitoes, #pasteur-institute, #tests-medical, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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Tennessee Executed Sedley Alley. Was He Innocent?

If DNA exonerates Sedley Alley, it will be the first time someone was proved to have been wrongly put to death.

#alley-sedley, #capital-punishment, #clement-paul-d, #collins-suzanne-marie-1966-85, #decisions-and-verdicts, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #innocence-project, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #scheck-barry, #supreme-courts-state, #tennessee

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Is Kevin Cooper an Innocent Man?

We’ve seen the DNA evidence in the Kevin Cooper case. It points elsewhere.

#black-people, #california, #chino-hills-calif, #cooper-kevin, #criminal-justice, #discrimination, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #forensic-science, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police-department-san-francisco-calif, #race-and-ethnicity, #san-bernardino-county-calif, #united-states-politics-and-government, #witnesses

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Twins With Covid Help Scientists Untangle the Disease’s Genetic Roots

“I want to know,” one twin said, “why did she have Covid worse than me?”

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #genetics-and-heredity, #multiple-births

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The Real Dire Wolf Ran Into an Evolutionary Dead End

The species’ remarkable genetic isolation from other wolves may have contributed to its demise.

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #game-of-thrones-tv-program, #genetics-and-heredity, #nature-journal, #north-america, #paleontology, #research, #wolves, #your-feed-science

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Bryan Sykes, Who Saw the Ancient Past in Genes, Dies at 73

An Oxford scientist with a flair for the dramatic, he introduced millions of people to the secrets of their ancestry through his books and TV appearances.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #cryptozoologists, #deaths-obituaries, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #genealogy, #genetics-and-heredity, #sykes-bryan, #the-seven-daughters-of-eve-the-science-that-reveals-our-genetic-ancestry-book

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Ancient DNA Shows Humans Settled Caribbean in 2 Distinct Waves

Millions of people living on the islands today inherited genes from the people who made them home before Europeans arrived.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #caribbean-area, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #genealogy, #genetics-and-heredity, #native-americans, #nature-journal, #research, #your-feed-science

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He Spent 20 Years in Prison, Until a Serial Killer Confessed to the Crime

Yoon Sung-yeo was sentenced to life for a crime he did not commit in South Korea. He was able to clear his name after a notorious serial killer confessed last year.

#confessions, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #prisons-and-prisoners, #serial-murders, #sex-crimes, #south-korea, #torture

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Archaeologists Could Help Bring Otters Back From the Dead

The sea mammals vanished from Oregon’s coast long ago, but a technique from human archaeology offers a clue to restoring them.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #genetics-and-heredity, #oregon, #otters-animals, #proceedings-of-the-royal-society-b-journal, #research, #teeth-and-dentistry, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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These Researchers Tested Positive. But the Virus Wasn’t the Cause.

Several scientists working with harmless genetic material have discovered that their research may have contaminated their coronavirus tests.

#brown-university, #colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #harvard-university, #laboratories-and-scientific-equipment, #massachusetts-institute-of-technology, #research, #roger-williams-university, #tests-medical, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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New Type of Test May Better Discern Immunity to the Coronavirus

The test detects the response of T cells to the virus — an arm of the immune system that may be just as important as antibodies to preventing reinfection.

#antibodies, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #immune-system, #interferon-protein, #microsoft-corp, #research, #tests-medical, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

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Suspect in 1972 Murder Dies in Apparent Suicide Hours Before Conviction

Detectives used genetic genealogy to connect Terrence Williams to the killing of Jody Loomis outside Seattle. He was charged last year.

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forensic-science, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #sex-crimes, #snohomish-county-wash

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Crispr Gene Editing Can Cause Unwanted Changes in Human Embryos, Study Finds

Instead of addressing genetic mutations, the Crispr machinery prompted cells to lose entire chromosomes.

#cell-journal, #chromosomes, #crispr-dna, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #genetic-engineering, #genetics-and-heredity, #mitalipov-shoukhrat, #nobel-prizes, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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After 50 Years, a Suspect Emerges in Mary Scott Cold Murder Case

With the help of DNA technology, John Jeffrey Sipos, 75, was arrested in Pennsylvania last weekend in the 1969 murder of Mary Scott, a 23-year-old California woman.

#california, #deangelo-joseph-james, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forensic-science, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police-department-san-diego-calif, #scott-mary, #sipos-john

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Some Covid Survivors Have Antibodies That Attack the Body, not Virus

New research found ‘autoantibodies’ similar to those in lupus and rheumatoid arthritis patients. But patients may also benefit from treatments for those autoimmune diseases.

#antibodies, #autoimmune-diseases, #chronic-condition-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #immune-system, #lupus-erythematosus, #research, #rheumatoid-arthritis, #rna-ribonucleic-acid, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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Exhume President Warren G. Harding? Family Feuds in Court

DNA evidence is persuasive that James Blaesing, 70, is the grandson of the 29th president and his mistress. But his cousins are upset by his plan to exhume Harding’s remains with a reality TV crew.

#britton-nan, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #genealogy, #genetics-and-heredity, #harding-warren-g, #marion-county-ohio

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36 Years Later, Police Arrest Suspect in Rape and Killing of a 14-Year-Old

Using DNA evidence, the authorities in Rochester, N.Y., said that they had charged Timothy L. Williams of Melbourne, Fla., with murdering Wendy Jerome on Thanksgiving Day in 1984.

#children-and-childhood, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forensic-science, #jerome-wendy, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police-department-rochester-ny, #rochester-ny, #sex-crimes, #williams-timothy-l

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DNA Evidence Exonerates Man in 1983 Rape and Killing, Prosecutors Say

Prosecutors in Hillsborough County, Fla., said Robert DuBoise, 55, had been wrongfully convicted. On Wednesday, they moved to free him after he spent 37 years behind bars.

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #duboise-robert, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #forensic-science, #hillsborough-county-fla, #innocence-project, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #sex-crimes

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This Company Boasted to Trump About Its Covid-19 Vaccine. Experts Are Skeptical.

Inovio, a Pennsylvania biotech company, has spent years claiming to be on the cusp of important vaccines. It has never brought one to market.

#caplan-arthur-l, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #factories-and-manufacturing, #gates-bill-and-melinda-foundation, #health-and-human-services-department, #inovio-pharmaceuticals, #moderna-inc, #novavax-inc, #vaccination-and-immunization, #vaxart-inc

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Why a Data Breach at a Genealogy Site Has Privacy Experts Worried

Nearly two-thirds of GEDmatch’s users opt out of helping law enforcement. For a brief window this month, that didn’t matter.

#computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forensic-science, #gedmatch, #gedmatch-inc, #genealogy, #genetics-and-heredity, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides

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DNA Study from 23andMe Traces Violent History of American Slavery

Scientists from the consumer genetics company 23andMe have published the largest DNA study to date of people with African ancestry in the Americas.

#23andme, #africa, #american-journal-of-human-genetics, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #genetics-and-heredity, #latin-america, #nigeria, #research, #slavery-historical, #united-states, #your-feed-science

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China Is Harvesting DNA From Millions of People. Is This the Future of Policing?

The Chinese police are systematically collecting genomic data from tens of millions of people.

#australia, #biometrics, #california, #chengdu-china, #china, #commerce-department, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #europe, #forensic-science, #fujian-province-china, #gedmatch-inc, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #guizhou-china, #hunan-province-china, #india, #inner-mongolia, #kenya, #kuwait, #malaysia, #minorities, #muslims-and-islam, #police, #police-department-nyc, #politics-and-government, #privacy, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #thailand, #thermo-fisher-scientific-inc, #tibet, #united-states, #xinjiang-china

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A Half-Century Later, Police Identify a Homicide Suspect and His Victim

Using DNA evidence, the district attorney’s office in Orange County, Calif., said it had identified a 1968 homicide victim as Anita Louise Piteau and the suspect as Johnny Chrisco.

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forensic-science, #genealogy, #huntington-beach-calif, #missing-persons, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #orange-county-calif, #spitzer-todd-1960

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